Showing posts with label FutureCycle Press. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FutureCycle Press. Show all posts

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Carole Richard Thompson's poem, "Looking Down" included in Georgia Poetry Society's 2017 Reach Of Song

Carole Richard Thompson’s poem, "Looking Down," has been selected by the judges for inclusion in the Member Poem section of this year’s Reach of Song, published by the Georgia Poetry Society.

Thompson came to Blairsville, in the North Georgia Mountains upon her husband’s retirement in 1990. She studied creative writing classes and poetry under well known poet and author, Nancy Simpson, and became a member of the NC Writers Network.

Her short story, “A Bag of Sugar for Paula” was published in the Liguorian Magazine . Her poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies, A Sense of Place, Christmas Presence, Clothes Lines, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, and Wild Goose Poetry Review.

Her poetry and essays have won national DAR contest awards. Carole’s first chapbook, Enough was published by FutureCycle Press in February, 2013. She is also a member of the Georgia Poetry Society Carole’s poetry has been published in journals and magazines for a number of years. She is a long time member of the NC Writers’ Network West.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Brenda Kay Ledford will read from her poetry chapbook, BECKONING, published by Finishing Line Press, at the John C. Campbell Folk School on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM.  This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network West and the public is invited to this free event.

Clay County Native
A native of Clay County, NC, Ledford is a retired educator.  She received her Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.

          She’s former editor of Tri-County Communicator at Tri-County Community College and previous reporter for the Smoky Mountain Sentinel. She received an award from North Carolina Press Association for her feature on the John C. Campbell Folk School.

         Ledford belongs to North Carolina Writers’ Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, Georgia Poetry Society, and a charter member of the Byron Herbert Reece Society.  She’s listed with A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, North Carolina Literary Map, and Who’s Who in America.

Her work has appeared in many journals including “Lyricist,” “The Broad River Review,” “Pembroke Magazine,” “Asheville Poetry Review,” “Main Street Rag,” “Charlotte Poetry Review,” “Wild Goose Poetry Review,” “Town Creek  Poetry,” “Appalachian Heritage,” “Journal of Kentucky Studies,” “Our State,”  “Byron Herbert Reece Society Website,” and many anthologies.
Ledford received the Paul Green Award from North Carolina Society of Historians for her three poetry chapbooks and last year for her blog:  She won the 2012 Royce Ray Award from “Aires.”  Her poem, “Velma,” received the Editor’s Choice Award from “Reflections Literary Journal.”  Three of her poems won the 2012 Writers’ Ink Guild’s Poetry Contest and were published in Fields of Earth Anthology.

Her latest poetry chapbook, BECKONING, was endorsed by Glenda Beall, director of Writers Circle, and Robert King, publisher of FutureCycle Press.

Says Beall, “Brenda Kay Ledford’s collection sings with color and harmony.  She lets us take a peek into her world as she shares her Appalachian roots in verse. We relate to the constancy of seasons in nature and in our lives. Digging in the dirt as her mother does each spring preparing her garden, lifts the spirit, and decorating graves of loved ones on Memorial Day perpetuate the love of generations. Throughout the snow, first greening of spring, summer’s roses, autumn’s harvest, and star-studded asters, the images in the book offer the reader the opportunity to feel, see, hear, and taste the beauty as well as the inevitable sadness of life.”

Ledford’s book, BECKONING, is available at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and online at: and

Monday, March 25, 2013

Glenda C. Beall Interviews Robert S. King, Poet, Editor and former Director of FutureCycle Press

GCB: I met you in Dahlonega, GA a few years ago, Robert, when you had just taken over as President of the Georgia Poetry Society. Then you came to Writers Night Out in Hiawassee, GA.  We were happy to find you had moved to the mountains and lived in NCWN West territory.

GCB: You were director of FutureCycle Press at that time.

Robert: FutureCycle Press began in 2007. However, I have also been editor or co-editor of several other presses, dating back to the mid-1970s.

GCB; How many books have been published by FutureCycle Press?

Robert: So far, 50 titles (books, chapbooks, anthologies), with 10 more in production

GCB: When did you begin publishing your poetry? Tell me again, how many of your own books have been published?

Robert: The first poem I published was in 1974, unless you count a short one printed in the church bulletin when I could barely write my name.
I have published six collections of poetry (three chapbooks and three full-length titles), with another full-length manuscript ready to seek a publisher.

Online Submissions Systems and Market Lists for Writers

GCB: On April 20, you will teach a workshop on the Nuts and Bolts Guide to Online Submission Systems and Market Lists for Writers 
Why is it important for writers to learn how to submit online and what will they learn in your class that they can't pick up on the Internet?

Robert:  Online submission is now the standard, no longer an exception to the rule. More and more publications are not only allowing electronic submissions but also requiring it.
Snail-mail submissions will be obsolete before too many years pass.

My class will not teach you anything that you couldn't learn on your own, but it will prevent you from having to go through the School of Hard Knocks, wasting your time.
It takes quite awhile to discover all the resources for submissions and no small amount of time learning how to use them. My class will jump-start your proficiency at selecting suitable publishers and sending according to their guidelines.

GCB: Is this class for experienced writers and poets or for beginners?

Robert: It's for any level of writer. Even many advanced writers don't know the resources available. However, beginning to intermediate writers will benefit most.

GCB: People know you as a poet. Is the class at Moss Memorial Library for poets only or for any writer?

Robert: The class is geared toward literary genres, including poetry, fiction, and essays. However, the resources discussed are comprehensive and suitable for any kind of writing, except perhaps cookbooks.

GCB: Thank you, Robert. You are always generous about giving of your time to help other writers. We all appreciate you.

To register for Robert's class contact Glenda Beall at 

Glenda Council Beall (GCB) is an administrator of this blog, a poet and writer. See other interviews with Nancy Simpson, Scott Owens.
Visit Robert King's website to learn more about him and his poetry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Chapbook by Carole Thompson Published

FutureCycle Press announces the release of Enough, a chapbook of poems by Netwest member, Carole Richard Thompson. You may order from the author or online through Amazon at

 Congratulations to Carole for this very good collection of poems!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Computer Literacy for Writers

Robert S. King will teach a computer course at the Moss Memorial Library Saturday, July 28, at 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.- Hayesville, NC.

How many times have you suddenly had something go wrong or thought of a way you wanted to change something on the screen, but your computer just doesn't seem to cooperate with your wishes?
Learn some simple skills that will make your computer work for you and not against you. Robert King is a poet, writer, editor and publisher who can teach us these time-saving devices we have at our fingertips but don't know where or how to use them.

 Basic Computer Literacy for Writers

Many writers are hindered from accomplishing their work because they don't have sufficient computer skills to speed up their writing tasks. This course is designed to help writers learn elementary techniques related to writing.
 For example, learn how to turn off/on your word processing program's autocorrection features (such as forcing initial caps on each line of a poem); how to record a macro to play back (insert) repetitive text in your document; how to quickly look up a word's definition online and to have its pronunciation spoken to you;  how to use the Google search engine to find the information you need; and many other tips and tricks to make you a faster writer. As time permits, we will also address other issues that you personally wish to discuss.

Contact Robert:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Call for Poetry Submissions

Robert S. King wants to spread the word about a special project at FutureCycle Press.
"We're looking for poetry submissions on social or political themes for a forthcoming anthology, tentatively called American Society: What Poets See.
Find submission guidelines at:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Robert S. King, Poet and Director of FutureCycle

I spent an interesting evening with poet and publisher, Robert S. King and his wife, Diane. I asked questions, and they tried their best to educate me about the world of small press publishing. My head was spinning when I left, trying to keep everything in mind. I am sure I'll be asking them more questions in the future.
Robert is a well-published poet who was featured recently on Living Above the Frost Line. Since retiring in  2010 he has been devoting himself full-time to writing, editing, and publishing. Diane works for the publishing company and has been extremely busy reading manuscripts submitted for their latest contest.She said at one time she was a dedicated writer and poet, but is now engrossed totally in publishing.

Robert is currently the Director of FutureCycle Press,  and serves as President of the Georgia Poetry Society ( Additionally, he is a member of the Georgia Writers Association and the North Carolina Writers Network.

Having recently moved to the mountains of North Georgia, bordering North Carolina and Tennessee, Robert was surprised to find so many writers in the area. We are pleased to see him at the critique groups and readings in Murphy, Hiawassee, and Hayesville.

I am enjoying Robert's poetry book, The Hunted River, and  I am impressed with FutureCycle Press, the website, and the knowledge of writing, editing and publishing shared with me by Robert and Diane -- generous people.

By the way, if you aren't a poet, the press also publishes original flash fiction. Look on the website for their FutureCycle Flash Fiction Book Prize which includes a $500 award plus publication.