Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, Stories, Essays and Poems by Writers Living in and Inspired by the Southern Appalachian Mountains, anthology published by Winding Path Publishing. Edited by Nancy Simpson.
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The book has 256 pages, a beautiful matte cover, and the work of writers who live in or have connections to the southern Appalachian Mountains.  The introduction for the book is by Robert Morgan, notable poet and author, educator and speaker.
Nancy Simpson,  editor, is the author of Across Water, Night Student and a new collection of poetry, Living Above the Frost Line, published by Carolina Wren press.

Katja Holmes - formatting, book and cover design.

Philip L. Sampson, Blairsville, GA -  Cover photograph.
Tipper Pressley, Seth Russell, and Billy J. Turnage. - inside photos

North Carolina author, Lee Smith said of this anthology, “Straight from the land of sky, song and story, another dynamic collection--strong and surprising.”

Ron Rash  said, “Anyone who enjoys Appalachian Literature will be delighted by this excellent anthology, particularly because it introduces the reader to a number of our region’s gifted though lesser-known writers. Bravo!”

These anthology authors, who live within the Netwest area, were invited to contribute their work and they did so with generosity: Kathryn Stripling Byer, Thomas Rain Crowe, Steven Harvey and Bettie M. Sellers.
The anthology is dedicated to  our Appalachian ballad poet Byron Herbert Reece.
Contributors to   Echoes Across the Blue Ridge:

Ellen Andrews
Richard Argo
Glenda Barrett
Glenda Beall
Jo Carolyn Beebe
Janet Benway

Joan Thiel Blessing
Rachel T. Bronnum
John T. Campbell
Gary Carden
Nancy Sales Cash
James M. Cox

Paul Donovan
Robert Edward Fahey
Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Debora Kinsland Foerst
Joyce Foster

Karen Gilfillan
Gerri Wolfe Grady
Lana Hendershott
Eugene Hirsch
Sam Hoffer
Karen Paul Holmes
Tom Hooker
Kitty Inman
Carl Iobst
George Ivey
Mary Michelle Brodine Keller
Eileen Lampe
Blanche Ledford
Brenda Kay Ledford
Susan Lefler
StarShield Lortie
John Malone
Gail Maye
Marshall McClung
Jennifer McGaha
Mary Lou McKillip
Dick Michener
Maren O. Mitchell
Janice Townley Moore
Clarence Lee Newton
Arnie Nielson
Nancy Purcell
Betty Jamerson Reed
William V. Reynolds
Estelle Rice
Mary Ricketson
Judy Roney
Rosemary Royston
Peg Russell
Linda M. Smith
Susan Snowden
Dorothea Spiegel
Wendy Richard Tanner
Carole Richard Thompson
Shirley Uphouse
J.C. Walkup
Cecily Hamlin Wells
Eleanor Lambert Wilson
Charlotte Wolf
Jane J. Young

We are indebted to the individuals and organizations who donated to NCWN West to help with printing this book.