Wild Goose Poetry Review, Fall 2010


Writing Way Out West

Most people who pay any attention to writing in NC are aware of vibrant writing communities in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area (thanks to multiple universities and the NC Writers’ Network), in Wilmington (thanks to UNCW), in Greensboro (thanks to UNCG), in Charlotte (thanks to Main Street Rag), in Asheville (thanks to Malaprops), and even here in Hickory (thanks to Poetry Hickory, Poetry Lincolnton, and Lenoir Rhyne’s In Their Own Words series), but farther out even than Asheville there is another vibrant writing community spearheaded by the NC Writers’ Network NetWest.

This group includes writers from the 8 NC counties west of Asheville, but also draws participants from bordering counties in GA, TN, and SC. Key figures in the group include writing fixtures, such as Coffee with the Poets and Writers Circle Founder Glenda Beall, John C. Campbell Folk School Writing Coordinator Nancy Simpson, former NC Poet Laureate Kay Byer, Young Harris College Instructor Janice Townley Moore, and Your Daily Poem blogger Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, as well as “up and coming” writers like Rosemary Royster and Karen Holmes, among others.

Just a few highlights of the group’s activities would include Coffee with the Poets at Phillips and Lloyd Bookshop in Hayesville and City Lights Books in Sylva; Mountain Writers meetings at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville; the Netwest Poetry Group meetings at Tri-County College in Murphy; Writers Night Out at Young Harris College; the Writers Circle Workshops in Hayesville; and regular weekly creative writing workshops at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.

Now, under the capable editorship of Nancy Simpson, the group has gathered forces in an anthology of stories, essays, and poems by writers living in and inspired by the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The anthology is called Echoes Across the Blue Ridge and has been published by Winding Path Publishing.

I am honored to include in this issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review a special section dedicated to and featuring new work by poets from Echoes Across the Blue Ridge. That section begins with a review of the anthology, which is followed by poems from 10 of the writers included in its pages. I hope you enjoy this special section and all of the poems and reviews in the Fall 2010 issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review, and please never underestimate how much the writers enjoy the discussions you begin by leaving a comment after their poems.

Rae Spencer, A Crow for Endings
Helen Losse, Beyond Childhood
Douglas Ann McHargue, Cleopatra of the Catawba
Harry Calhoun, The next poem
Pris Campbell, Inside a Heartbeat
Barbara Moore, Losing
Phoebe Kate Foster, (all things eventually disappear)
Dennis Lovelace, Momma
Dennis Trujillo, Why I Run in the Rain
Dennis Trujillo, Precious Moments
Dennis Trujillo, Dragonflies and Algebra

Nancy Simpson, editor, Imbued with the Spirit: A Review of Echoes Across the Blue Ridge
Karen Paul Holmes, Fruitful Hearts
Janice Townley Moore, Geese
Cecily Wells, Falls
Maren O. Mitchell, Learning How to Kill
Maren O. Mitchell, The Sensual Art of Tomato Slicing
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, Request Denied
Carole Richard Thompson, The Party’s Over
Carole Richard Thompson, 36 Hours
Glenda Barrett, The Worst Part
Joan Thiel Blessing, Moving Pictures
Glenda Beall, No Safe Place

David Rigsbee, Review of The Red Tower: New and Selected Poems
Alex Grant, Review of The Circus Poems
Shaindel Beers, Review of A Brief History of Time
Stephen Smith, Review of A Short Report on the Fire at Woolworths: Selected New and Old Poems
Debra Kaufman, Promises to Keep: A Review of The Next Moment
Lucille Lang Day, Review of The Curvature of Blue

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