The results are in: WNC winners of Poetry Council of NC’s annual contests

The results are in for the annual contests of the Poetry Council of NC. Below are the WNC winners:

Oscar Arnold Young Poetry Book Contest
Honorable Mention: Nancy Simpson, Living Above the Frost Line (Carolina Wren Press)

Simpson is the resident writer at John C. Campbell Folk School. She earned her MFA at Warren Wilson College. She is also former program coordinator for the North Carolina Writers’ Network West. For an interview with her, visit her blog.

In that interview, Simpson says, “Living Above the Frost Line, which was first titled Accounting, is written in the voice of a woman who lives alone on a remote mountain in Appalachia. Her concerns focus on specific values: Worth of Persons, Family and Concern for our planet. Nineteen of the poems have been published.”

Ellen Johnston-Hale Light Verse Contest
1st Place: Michael Beadle, “Because I Could Not Stop My Car” (Canton)
HM: William Everett, “Poetry” (Waynesville)
HM: Susan Lefler, “Prediction” (Brevard)

Carol Bessent Hayman Middle School Contest
1st Place: Emily Crook, “Wandering Mind” (Waynesville)

Awards will be presented at Poetry Day, 10-2:30, October 1, Peeler Crystal Lounge, Catawba College, Salisbury.

Click link below to see the full list of winners.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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