THIS BLOG IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. PLEASE ENJOY WHAT IS HERE, AND DO LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU WISH. NORTH CAROLINA'S NEW POET LAUREATE IS CATHY SMITH BOWERS. SHE WILL SOON HAVE HER OWN WEBSITE THROUGH THE NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL SITE. I WILL BE SHIFTING MY ATTENTION TO HERE, WHERE I AM, (SEE SIDEBAR)USING IT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO WRITERS WHOSE WORK DESERVES ATTENTION. I INVITE YOU TO VISIT ME THERE. For a video of the installation ceremony, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAk6fOzaNE.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham
Dillingham, Nancy and Celia H. Miles. CHRISTMAS PRESENCE. North Carolina: Catawba Publishing Company, 2008. 221 pages. Trade paperback. $18.00.
From Celia Miles: "This anthology features writings about the Christmas season from 45 western NC women writers, some published (Sherry Austin, Susan Reinhardt, Julia Nunnally Duncan, for example); others published in local venues and anthologies, and some published for the first time. We did a quick count when finalizing the bios and saw that the contributors have over 45 books published (Nancy and I account for 10 or 11); counties represented range from McDowell to Swain, with Buncombe and Henderson having the most."
(The editors--Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham)
For orders, send to these addresses: Celia Miles-- 104 Clubwood Court Asheville, NC 28803 or Nancy Dillingham: 48-A Dunstan's Rd. Asheville, NC 28803. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Christmas is a special time, an intense season when emotions are heightened, memories are made, hearts are warmed or broken, illusions blanketed or shattered. Relationships reveal their soft and sharp edges; joys are magnified and so are losses. These stories, memories, reflections, and poems by western North Carolina women shine with the sincerity of a Christmas star and glow with the warmth of a winter’s fire. They invite you to come into the presence of Christmas.”
-----Joan Medlicott author of "Ladies of Covington Series"
"You'll smell the cedar, feel the warmth of a fireplace, watch snowflakes twirling through the mountains, taste gingerbread, and hear "Jingle Bells," in CHRISTMAS PRESENCE. This is a wonderful collection of stories, essays, and poems by 45 western North Carolina women writers. Many of these contributors describe the Christmas customs of mountain people during the Great Depression."
--Brenda Kay Ledford, from blueridgepoet.blogspot.com
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Glenis Redmond --Presence Sherry Austin ---The Edge of Night Nancy Purcell ---I’ll Be Home for Christmas Penny Morse ---Grandpa and the Snowsnakes Dare Freeman Ford ----Colored Angels Barbara Ledford Wright ---Purple Violets Jeri Senor --The Eve of Christmas Lana Hendershott-- Rhella Jobe Susan Reinhardt-- An Open Letter to Mr. Claus Mary D. Marsh-- Memories of Wartime Christmases Carole R. Thompson --A Bag of Sugar for Paula Glenda Barrett--The French Harp Jessica Heriot --Jewish Christmas Nancy Dillingham --At Christmas Janice Norman --Solace of Solstice Marian Gowan --Connections Brenda Kay Ledford --Miss Bessie and the Christmas Biker Sonja Contois --The Year of the Socks Nancy Sales Ca The Christmas Catalog Cecily Hamlin Wells --Southside Diner Louise K. Nelson --Most Memorable Christmas Celia H. Miles-- And the Animals Knelt Marijo Moore --Western North Carolina: Winter’s Silent Theatre (in ten acts) Pam Shuford Murray-- O Holy Night Cynthia Stewart --The Doll Who Came to Christmas Dinner Mona Rae Miracle --Where’s the Spirit? Mary Louise Welther --Elves in Our Attic-- June Bare --The Midwife of Bethlehem Polly Kent --The Magic of Snow H. Byron Ballard --A Season of Light: How We Celebrated a Hillbilly Yule Cheryl Dietrich --Mavericks Sherry W.Boone- The Silk Handkerchief Pat Riviere-Seel -My Mother, in the Last Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Comes Home Christmas Day Beverly Ohler -Tannenbaum and Stollen Martha O’Quinn -Christmas in July Karen Luke Jackson -Elves for Santa Peg Rhodes -A Copper Christmas Pot Exie Wilde Henson -A Logging Camp Christmas Gwenda Ledbetter -Not Even a Mouse Joan Blessing- We Didn’t Do Christmas without You Susan Snowden -A Hair-Raising Holiday Joan Crook- A Tiny Red Stocking Tonya Staufer -I Believe Cecily Hamlin -Wells Weathering Christmas Nancy Dillingham -Santa Redux: Afterthoughts on Giving Dee Dee Parker -The Yellow-Haired Doll Julia Nunnally Duncan- Experience to Fiction: A Christmas Memory
I've lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since 1968, though I'm a native of SW Georgia. My paternal grandmother was born in the Blue Ridge, and I grew up wanting to live here. Where I am.
I've published five collections of poetry, the most recent 4 being with LSU Press, and have published poetry in magazines ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to Appalachian Heritage. But I also hike, bang pots and pans around in my kitchen, and love several dogs who leave fur all over my carpets. I write poetry because it's my way of singing back to the world both within and without.