Sunday, October 26, 2008

Welcome to Living Above The Frost Line

Hello, I'm Nancy Simpson, poet and writer.

I believe the mountains are my natural home on Earth.  I came to the wilderness of  western North Carolina with my husband and sons in 1960.  We bought the top of a mountain and began spending all of our free time here.  We built a rustic cabin, put our sons in school and lived here year round.  I earned a BS in Education from Western Carolina University and began teaching in the village school. It was one of the happiest seasons of my life.  

In time, my marriage ended and my sons left to make lives of their own.  Only I stayed.  My life ended.  To go on, I had to start over.  I did not know how to make a new life.   As it turned out, all I had to help me was this mountain.  Looking back, I see Cherry Mountain  made me who I am.  

Poetry came tumbling out.  I took every class and workshop within driving distance.  The Arts Journal published my first poem and The Georgia Review published my second one.  I became a practicing poet. My first collection, a chapbook titled Across Water was published at State Street Press.

Warren Wilson College, near Asheville,  offered a Master of Fine Arts Degree  in Writing.  I registered, was accepted and earned my MFA.  My full length collection, Night Student, was published at State Street Press.  I added teaching composition and creative writing part time at the community college in Murphy, NC to my schedule.  

Welcome to my new blog.  Living Above the Frost Line is a dwelling place for practicing free verse poets.  Above the frost line, we give ourselves some extra growing time.  I am still here, still practicing poetry,  still studying, publishing, still teaching and still learning how to live. Yes, I know, the hard freeze will come, but until it arrives, I shall grow and share my poems.  

Stay posted.








7 comments:

Sam Hoffer said...

Nancy, what an interesting story of your life on the mountain. I look forward to following your blog. I'm staying tuned.

Glenda C. Beall said...

Nancy, This is what I've wanted you to do. Now the world can meet Nancy Simpson, poet, as you want them to know you.
Great photo. Love Living Above the Frost Line.

Carole Richard Thompson said...

Nancy-What strength of character has brought you through times that might have made a lesser person vengeful and bitter. Instead, you have emerged a beautiful, loving person, dedicated to teaching others to grow their little seeds of talent. Bless you, my dear!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Nancy, I love your blog. You've done a marvelous job designing it. Your photos, your poems, your layout, are so lovely.
Brenda Kay Ledford

Nancy Simpson said...

Thanks to all for your comments. Your interest is appreciated more than you know.

My next two goals will be to post a blog list and then to begin featuring the poems of southern and mountain writers.

Meanwhile, I'll be checking in to your blog to see how your writing is going.

Nancy Simpson

Glenda Barrett said...

Nancy,
It was a pleasure to read the poems of Kathryn Byers, and your
Christmas arrangement is lovely.
Thanks for sharing this with us.
Glenda Barrett

Glenda Barrett said...

Nancy,
It was a pleasure to read the poems of Kathryn Byers, and your
Christmas arrangement is lovely.
Thanks for sharing this with us.
Glenda Barrett