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. One appreciative listener commented that she had read a certain poem a dozen times, but never really “got it” until hearing Nancy read it aloud.
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. Nancy will be teaching a poetry class at the Folk School April 10-16, 2011. Click here for a complete listing of Folk School writing classes.