In the Yard: A  Poetry Anthology
ISBN: 1-884778-41-0
Library of Congress Control Number: 2006928473
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
Published by Old Mountain Press
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Old Mountain Press announces publication of a new poetry anthology, In the Yard: A Poetry Anthology. This anthology is 94 pages consists of poems by 70 poets from across the country. This book offers exception work with an outdoor theme. Its cover is full color laminated 10 pt. The interior pages are 50 lb cream color with black ink.

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About the book

This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country and expresses their thoughts through their work for those simple things we all take for granted that exist In the Yard.

My copy of In the Yard came today and it is a beautiful book. I am stunned that you were able to get it out so fast! This collection is an excellent one, and I'm proud to be included. It's also a kind of conversation among friends.

In the Yard certainly turned out to be an attractive anthology with literally scores of fine, widely published poets.  I am very proud to be in their midst.

I wasn't surprised that a poetry collection entitled In the Yard would be full of warm and winsome images.  I was surprised at the variety of forms:  everything from Margaret Parrish's  vivid five-line capsule, "June,"  to Susan Meyers's smart pantuom, "Dusk,"  and Ruth Moose's poignant elegy, "Your Dog, My Cat." It's evident that for almost everyone the yard is a wellspring of memories, sweet and rueful, as well as a treasure trove of images and memories that resonate for any sensitive reader.

In the Yard will lead you down some new and surprising paths, as well as familiar, favorite ones—encountering not just neighbors and kin, but also the dog, the cat, some donkeys, pumpkins, a pitchfork, divining rods, and a wide range of emotions along the way.  Seasons of joy and sorrow, fear, and especially love will meet you at every turn. A whole neighborhood of yards to explore!

About the Authors 

Sandra Ervin Adams' poetry has appeared in the anthology, Lessons from Our Children, by Joan Aho Ryan, Health Communications, Inc., 1999; The Magpie's Nest, 2005, The Lyricist, 2006. She won two Honorable Mentions in the Carteret Writers Contest 2006, for her poetry.

Glenda Barrett, an artist and freelance writer of poems and essays lives in a small town called, Hiawassee in North Georgia. Her work has been published in Woman's World, Farm & Ranch Living, Rural Heritage, Nostalgia, Kaliedoscope and other magazines.

Beebe Barksdale-Bruner has an MFA in poetry from Queens University of Charlotte. Her book It Comes to Me Loosely Woven is forthcoming from Press 53 in 2007.

Frederick W. Bassett's poems have appeared in ApostrophePassagerPembroke MagazinePlainsongsThe Cape Rock, and Zone 3. He has two books of "found poems" both published by Paraclette Press: Awake my Heart (1998) and Love: The Song of Songs (1002). His poems are also included in A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry Ninety-Six Press. He lives with his wife Peg at Hilton Head.

Michael Bassett's poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Fugue, Lullwater, Concho River Review, Potato Eyes, Savannah Literary Journal, Product, Coal City Review, Apostrophe, The Wofford Journal, and The Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association. His work is forthcoming in Poetry Motel, The Kakalak Anthology, and The Southern Poetry Anthology

Glenda Beall's poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Main Street Rag, The Journal of Kentucky Studies and other literary magazines. She is publicity coordinator for NCWN West, writes articles for local newspapers, and has published essays in Reunions magazine, with one forthcoming in Rambler This Summer.

Anne Zahran Benenhaley's poetry has appeared in Main Street Rag, Iodine, Clark Street Review, Lit Magazine, and Tapestry. Her first chapbook, Pop Culture Whore, was published by Main Street Rag in 2004. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Fayetteville, NC.

Bill Blackley's poetry has appeared in Sam Ragan's column, IrisPinesongAward Winning PoemsVietzine, The Moonwort Review, and Main Street Rag. He also writes short stories. He is a past president of the NC Poetry Society and currently Chairman of the Gilbert Chappell Distinguished Poet Series in North Carolina.

Ervene Boyd's poems have appeared in Windover, The Literary Magazine of North Carolina State University,Lightworks, published by Spiritual Fellowship Frontiers in Raleigh, NC and Unlimited Choices Magazine in Virginia Ervene co-created and performed in the play, Poetic Journey on the Blue Orb, Chapel HIl, NC. She is a creative, artist, poet, eclectic interior decorator and an ordained minister, teaching Reiki and dedicated to the art of healing.

Sally Buckner has published one poetry collection, Strawberry Harvest, and edited two anthologies: Our Words, Our Ways, and Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies as well as such publications as Southern Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, and Christian Century.

Stuart Burroughs: Since childhood, Stuart has been involved in poetry writing, visual art, and music. She has been a working artist, a teacher of art or English, and a pianist. Her collection of 69 poems, Beyond the Hills, was published in 2004 (Chapel Hill Press).

Ann Campanella has twice received the Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society. She was also selected for the Blumenthal Readers & Writers Series. Her work has appeared in ChelseaCrucibleIrisMain Street RagPembrokeTar River Poetry and others.

Mary Margaret Carlisle, Sol Magazine Projects Director, editor of Ampersand Poetry Journal, is a writing coach, artist, and gardener. She belongs to Monday Night Poets, Galveston Poets Roundtable, and Poetry Society of Texas. Her latest work appears in TimeSlice, Texas Poetry Calendar 2006, Bayousphere, Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, etc. She lives in Webster, Texas, with her husband, Leo F. Waltz. 

Jim Clark's two books of poems are Dancing on Canaan's Ruins and Handiwork, and he edited Fable in the Blood: The Selected Poems of Byron Herbert Reece. His poems have appeared in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and Greensboro Review. He lives in Wilson, NC, and teaches at Barton College. 

Nancy Connolly's work has been published in Americas Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Comstock Review, Free Lunch, The Lyric, Mankato Poetry Review, Pedestal Magazine, Roanoke Review, Sycamore Review, Texas Observer, Wisconsin Review, and other literary journals. It has won numerous prizes, including theMain Street Rag Chapbook Contest 2002 for I Take This World, her third book.

Barbara Crooker's Radiance won the 2005 Word PressFirst Book award, and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize.Recent work appears The Atlanta Review, The MacGuffin, Dogwood, JAMA, America, Poetry International, Cream City Review, Nimrod, and in the anthologies Common Wealth: Contemporary Writers look at Pennsylvania and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times.

Phebe Davidson is the author of several collections of poems, most recently Song Dog (S.C. Poetry Initiative) andThe Drowned Man (Finishing Line Press). A new chapbook, Twelve Leagues In, is forthcoming from Spire Press. Her work has appeared in journals including Kenyon ReviewAsheville Poetry ReviewSouthern Poetry Review, and Ekphrasis. She lives in Westminster SC with her husband Steve and their cat Fripp.

Tom Davis' writings have been published in Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Saturday ExtraA Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special Warfare. He's authored a collection of short stories, The Life and Times of Rip Jackson, a children's coloring book, Pickaberry Pig, and an action adventure novel, The R-complex.

Clarence A. Eden, Jr., Charlotte, NC, retired. His poems have appeared in Spinning Words Into Gold, by Maureen Ryan Griffin, Iodine, Third Place Winner in Beginnings, NC Poetry Society Anthology, KakalaKThrift, and others.

Terri Kirby Erickson is a freelance editor and writer, visual artist and poet. She lives in North Carolina, and is the author of a compilation of poetry entitled, Thread Count (2006). Her work has appeared on the North Carolina Arts Council web site and in various publications, including Forsyth Woman Magazine. Her work has also recently been published by Paris Voice Magazine, She will be teaching a poetry class for adults at Salem College in the fall of 2006. For more information, please see her web site at:

Linda Annas Ferguson is the author of four collections of poetry. Her third chapbook, Stepping on Cracks in the Sidewalk, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and a full book, Bird Missing from One Shoulder, will be released by WordTech Editions June, 2007.

Janice Moore Fuller, Catawba College's Writer-in- Residence, has published two poetry books -- Archeology Is a Destructive Science (Scots Plaid Press) and Sex Education (Iris Press). Her plays and libretti have been produced at Florence Busby Corriher Theater, BareBones Theater's New Play Festival, Minneapolis Fringe Festival, and Rendez-Vous Musique Nouvelle in France.

Clifford Garstang lives in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Shenandoah and elsewhere.

Brenda Graham's poems have appeared inSouthern Poetry Review, Wellspring, The Devil's Millhopper and numerous other publications. Her poem, MOTH received first place in the 1998 Charlotte Writers' Club Poetry Contest. She is a resident of Denver, North Carolina.

Joy Beshears Hagy lives on High Rock Lake in Lexington, NC with her husband, two dogs and a cat. Hagy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including Poet's Canvas, THRIFT, Main Street Rag and Southern Gothic Online

Susan Hance's writing has appeared in Wilma! Wilmington's Magazine for Women and other periodicals. Awards include a first place in the Cape Fear Historical Society's short fiction contest. Wilma! won a MADD 2006 national award for one of her articles. Susan lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband.

Van Henderson's poetry has been included in Crossroads: A Southern AnthologyThe Dulcimer, and Poetry Motel. She lives in Macon, Georgia with her husband and two children. 

KD Kennedy, Jr. loves to write, especially poetry, which consumes his thoughts often and at the most unusual times. He published a collection of his poems in his 2002 book entitled Our Place in Time, and has just come out with another, quite different book of narrative poetry, entitled Waiting out in the Yard. K. D. has had poems published in Barton's Crucible and other periodicals. Writing certainly cleanses his soul and gives an outlet that can be entertaining and helpful to others.

Willie James King, Montgomery, AL. His work has appeared in America, Puerto del Sol, Mudfish, Rattle, The Southern Poetry Review, Pembroke, Confrontation Magazine, Owen Wister Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Wallace Stevens Journal.

Brenda Kay Ledford's poetry has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Pembroke Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, and other journals. Ledford belongs to NC Writers' Network and NC Poetry Society. She received the 2005 Paul Green Multi-Media Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for her chapbook, Patchwork Memories.

Susan Lesser grew up in Indiana, careered on Wall Street and is now retired in rural Maryland with husband, dogs and gardens. She gets her inspiration from the natural world and enjoys the camaraderie of poet friends. Her publications include PenumbraPoetry Midwest, Avocet, Wordhouse, Attic and others.

Tom Lombardo's poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Orbis, and other journals. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, an MS in Journalism from Ohio University, and a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Linera Lucas holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Her work has appeared in Pipes and Timbrels and Bede's Journal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Michael H. Lythgoe is the author of BRASS, selected as the winner of the Kinloch Rivers Chapbook competition (2006) by the Poetry Society of South Carolina. His work has recently appeared in Windhover, Kakalak, The Upstart Crow, & Southern Revival: Deep Magic For Hurricane Relief.

David Manning was winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society's Poet Laureate Award in 1996, 1998 and 2006. A Pushcart nominee, his poems have appeared in many journals and four chapbooks: Negotiating Physics, and Poets Anonymous (Old Mountain Press); Out After Dark (Pudding House) and The Ice-Carver, winner of the 2004 Longleaf Chapbook Competition.

Caren Masem has written and performed her poetry for many years both in Cleveland, Ohio and in Greensboro, NC. She also taught poetry to high school students and at Iowa State University. In addition, she conducts workshops on how to write poetry. She is currently working on her first book.

Terri McCord's poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Southeast Review (in which her poem was a finalist), The Seneca Review, and The MacGuffin. She recently received a grant and an Alice Conger Patterson fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center.

Erin Meyer: Erin is 12 years old and lives in Raleigh, NC. This was an ""emotion poem"" that she wrote for a 6th grade English class assignment. Her favorite past time is tennis. 

Halle Conway Meyer: With an appreciation for all things God-made, Halle resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband, three children, one Labrador and three cats. This is her first submitted piece for publication. 

Susan Meyers is the author of Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006), selected by Terrance Hayes for the SC Poetry Book Prize. Her work has recently appeared in The Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, and Crazyhorse, as well as on Verse Daily.

Stephen Miles writes lots. His work, in all genres, have garnered many awards including the Sanskrit Award for outstanding achievement in literature, 2 first place poetry awards from Tar Heel Poets, the Thompson Theatre Playwrights Award, the Cambridge University (UK) Stallis Poetry Award, the Crucible State Poetry Award, a North Carolina Playwrights Readers Choice Award, an award from some poetry group in Albania he still can't read and ad naseum. He is currently working on a second book of short stories, Twice Toad Tales and several plays for production. He lives with a long-suffering wife and a crate of cats in North Carolina.

Paul Mitchell's poetry has appeared in Crucible, Bay Leaves, and Pine Song. He's an artist, a potter, a basketmaker, and a United Methodist minister. He lives near Clemson, South Carolina. 

Rebecca J. Mitchell's poems have appeared in Tar River, Crucible, Pine Song, Kakalak, other literary magazines, and several anthologies. She has served on the board of the North Carolina Poetry Society and is past president of the Poetry Council of North Carolina. 

Janice Townley Moore's chapbook Teaching the Robins was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Georgia ReviewPrairie Schooner, JAMA, and Southern Poetry Review. She lives in Hayesville, North Carolina, and teaches in the English Department at Young Harris College.

Ruth Moose's poetry has appeared in Southern Review, Yankee, Prairie Schooner and other places. She has published 5 collections of poetry, including Making the Bed (Sandstone Press) and Smith Grove, (Sow's Ear). Moose has been a member of the creative writing faculty at UNC-CH since l996.

Martina Nicholson is an OBGYN in Santa Cruz Ca. She has two sons, and has been writing poems since childhood. She recently published My Throat is Full of Songbirds, and Walking on Stars and Water collections of her poetry, through Old Mountain Press. Her poem Donkey Ambulance is for Paul Farmer, MD 

Margaret L. Parrish’s poems have been published in Poets for Peace, Bay Leaves,  AWP and the Lyricis. She lives and works in Raleigh. 

Allison Parker's poetry has appeared in Lilies and CannonballsPoetry East and the Oklahoma Review.

Peg Robarchek has published more than 20 books of fiction and non-fiction.

Rosemary Royston lives with her family in the north Georgia mountains, in the town of Blairsville. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Main Street Rag, Shemom, and Snake Nation Review. She works as an institutional researcher at a small college and is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network, Netwest.

Maureen Sherbondy's poetry has appeared in: Feminist Studies, Cairn, Calyx, Roanoke Review, Crucible and other journals. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and three sons.

Janet Silber recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, and has published poetry and fiction in Poetica, the Kafka Journal, the Scruffy Dog Journal and others. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and has just begun a new reincarnation as an urban chicken keeper.

Kimberly Jane Simms is the director of Wits End Poetry, a non-profit poetry organization in Greenville, SC. She is a first generation American who grew up in Greenville, SC and holds a Master of Arts in English. Her newest collection is entitled Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill.

Barbara M. Simon's poetry has most recently been anthologized in Not a Damn Thing in My Pockets but America a publication of the neighborhood press. She is a 2002 recipient of an Maryland State Arts Council individual artist's grant for fiction. 

Nancy Simpson is Resident Writer at John Campbell Folk School. She is the author of Across Water and Night Student and had poems published in Georgia Review and Prairie Schooner. She edited Lights in the Mountains, Stories, Essays and Poems by Writers Living in and Inspired by the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Warren Slesinger's ""definitions"" have appeared in numerous literary magazines; among them, The Georgia Review, New Letters, The Iowa Review, Northwest Review and The Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives in Beaufort, SC.

Susan Snowden's poems and stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and in four anthologies. Her work has won prizes from Writer's Digest magazine, Appalachian Writers Association, NC Writers' Network, and others. Susan is a freelance book editor based in Hendersonville, NC. She also teaches creative writing part-time.

Elizabeth Solazzo writes about family and home and is currently at work on a novel about the relationships between sisters and friends. She lives in Graham NC.

Susan Finch Stevens lives on The Isle of Palms in South Carolina. She is currently working on one of a kind and limited edition artist's books that combine her poetry with her visual art. Her poetry has recently appeared inKakalak.

Cassie Premo Steele is an award-winning poet and writer. She is the author of hundreds of poems, essays and short stories, as well as three books, including the poetry collection, RUIN (Finishing Line Press, 2004), which South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjorie Wentworth called "A beautiful book: courageous, spiritual, and timeless." She lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband and daug.

Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. He graduated from the USAF Academy in 1964 and served thirty years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat. He has published four chapbooks and has had work in many journals. 

Doug Stuber has published in ObeliskHazMat ReviewA.I.M., In Posse ReviewMangrove Review, etc. He plays bass in Skinny Atlas, publishes the poetry anthology Poems from the Heron Clan, and exhibits paintings in North Carolina and Europe. He has a masters degree form in creative writing from Hollins University.

Laura Licata Sullivan is the author of Verses From My Diary (2000) and Seashores And Seasons (2004) both collections of poetic verse published by Old Mountain Press. Several of her poems have also been featured in different publications and web sites throughout her writing career.

Daniel Swett writes from the beautiful Monadnock region of Southwestern New Hampshire. His writings reflect his simple childhood growing up in rural New England combined with experiences gained while traveling throughout much of Europe and the United States. He has previously written a book of poetry entitled,Hypothetical Mishmash.

Larry D. Thomas has published five collections of poems, most recently Stark Beauty (Timberline Press, 2005). Among the awards he has received for his poetry are two Texas Review Poetry Prizes, the Western Heritage Award, the Violet Crown Award, and two Pushcart Prize nominations.

Rudy Wallace, born on the island of St. Thomas, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a poet and playwrighting living in Raleigh, with his wife, Carolyn. His poems and plays have been awarded prizes. He's a former English Professor at Shaw University, and St. Augustine's College, both schools in Raleigh.

Kevin Watson is an award-winning short story writer, poet, editor and publisher. He co-owns and operates a small literary press in Winston-Salem, NC called Press 53. 

Charles F. "Hawk" Weyant's writings have been published in local newspapers and several anthologies, including Award Winning Poems of 1990 published by the North Carolina Poetry Society. His first book of poetry,An Odyssey in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines was published in 2006.

M. Quickmon Willis currently resides in coastal N.C. where, as a descendent of shore whalers and Lumbee Indian farmers, he was raised before a 17 year hiatus abroad. His poems have appeared in Europe (Paris Atlantic, Quantum Leap and Orbis) and most recently in Rattle, Southern Arts Journal and Washington Square in the US.

Marie Davis Winfree was producer, and host of the award winning public radio program A Time To Listen. A Weymouth Fellow, Fortner Writers Forum Poet, and freelancer published in numerous publications. She is the author of Rainy Days and Sardine Tins, the executive editor of Homecoming and lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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