Monday, November 22, 2010

An Afternoon of Poetry with Nancy Simpson

An Afternoon of Poetry with Nancy Simpson

by ANNA SHEAROUSE, ARCHIVIST on NOVEMBER 5, 2010
A crowd gathered on Thursday in the Keith House Living Room to hear the Folk School’s Resident Writer, Nancy Simpson, read from her newly published book of poetry entitled Living Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems. The cozy Living Room with an assortment of refreshments provided a welcoming opportunity to come in from the cold, settle in a chair, and listen to poems read with the inflection that the poet intended.  

Nancy explained that “living above the frost line,” according to old timers, means living on the mountain, where the autumnal killing freeze is a least a few days delayed.  In this short amount of time, growing continues, in spite of the inevitable freeze to come.

Nancy Simpson is the founder of North Carolina Writer’s Network West, and her poems have been published in Southern Poetry Review, the Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and other noted literary magazines.  Living Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems was published by Carolina Wren Press, as the first book in their new Carolina Laureate Series.  The new book can be purchased at the Folk School’s Craft Shop.  

5 comments:

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Nancy,
I enjoyed your poetry and event at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Also, you did a wonderful job as moderator for "Writers Talking about Writing" at Moss Memorial Library last Saturday. Thank you for coordinating this successful event.

Glenda Beall said...

Kudos Nancy! You have been busy.
Yes,you did a great job at Moss Library Saturday. Everyone enjoyed this event - audience, panelists, and the folks at Moss Library.
I hope your readers all purchase a copy of your terrific book, Living Above the Frost Line.

Nancy Simpson said...

Thanks Glenda. I enjoyed WRITERS TALKING ABOUT WRITING last Saturday. I wish I could have done a post, but I was too busy being "the glue" to hold everything together for NCWN West. I didn't get any pictures, even though I had my camera. I'm happy we sold so many copies of Echoes. I wonder if we will get a donation from Friends of the Library for NCWN West, like our other members got.

Thanks for your "hope" that I sell my book - LIVING Above the Frost Line". No, it was for NCWN West (again) ( still) (Always) after all.

Melissa Greene, LPC-MHSP said...

This warms my heart! I wish I could have been there to hear you read. Some days I feel our beautiful art of words is growing lost on the young folks. Keep carrying the torch!

Nancy Simpson said...

Melisssa, Thank you for the comment. Thanks for the wish and the hope.