Kakalak 2018


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Kakalak is an annual publication of poetry and art by or about North and South Carolina, the people who live here, the places that draw others here. All work is selected through an annual contest which has a May deadline. Guidelines for the next upcoming contest will be posted on the MSR website starting in January of that year.

ISBN: 978-1-59948-711-3, 164 pages, Cover price $15.00

Release date: December 1, 2018

(OUT OF STOCK. Inventory on all copies of this title belong to the current publisher).


2018 Poetry Award Winners:

Derek Berry (1st Place)
Betsy Thorne (2nd Place)
Anne Waters Green (3rd Place)

Honorable Mentions:

Jane Seitel, Beverly C. Finney, Suzanna L. Cockerille, Kathy Nelson

2018 Art Award Winners:

Jeannette Brossart (Cover) & (1st Place)
Cheryl Boyer (2nd Place)
Ashley Jolicoeur (3rd Place)

Honorable Mentions:

Jack McGregor, Joyce Compton Brown

Contributors to Kakalak 2018


Chris Abbate (Holly Springs, NC) authored Talk About God (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2017). His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including the 2013 and 2018 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition anthologies.

J. S. Absher (Raleigh, NC) lives with his wife Patti in Raleigh, NC, where he is working on three books of poetry and a book of creative nonfiction.

Pam Baggett (Cedar Grove, NC), author of Wild Horses (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2018), co-hosts the Second Thursday Poetry series at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, and teaches writing workshops at the Orange County Library.

Dorothy Baird (Chapel Hill, NC), a former editor and teacher of English, is the author of Indelible Ripples (Aldrich Press, 2017).

Don Ball (Raleigh, NC) is a retired English professor from Wake Technical Community College. His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry and Pinesong.

Joan Barasovska (Chapel Hill, NC), author of Birthing Age (Finishing Line Press, 2018), co-hosts the Flyleaf Books Poetry Series and serves on the Board of the North Carolina Poetry Society.

Sam Barbee (Winston-Salem, NC) has poems in Poetry South, NC Literary Review, Crucible, and Asheville Poetry Review. His second collection, That Rain We Needed (2016, Press 53), was a Roanoke-Chowan Award nominee.

Christina Baumis (Goose Creek, SC) indulges her creative side to balance a career full of details, data, and deadlines. In addition to publishing photography, she has received Honorable Mentions for her poetry.

Michael Beadle (Raleigh, NC) is a poet, author, voracious reader, and touring writer-in-residence. His latest poetry collection is Beasts of Eden (Press 53).

Libby Bernardin (Georgetown, SC) has published two chapbooks, The Book of Myth (SC Poetry Initiative, 2009) and Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press, 2011), and the book, Stones Ripe for Sowing (Press 53, 2018).

Derek Berry (Aiken, SC), author of the poetry chapbook Good Ghost: Alive & Intact (PRA, 2018) and novel Heathens & Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA, 2016), co-founded literary non-profit The Unspoken Word.

Cheryl Boyer (Waxhaw, NC), author of Counting Colors: a journey through infertility (Kelsay Books, 2018), eats dark chocolate daily and often subjects her family to her pen or lens.

Jeannette Brossart (Durham, NC) is a professional mosaic artist and teaching artist. She facilitates group projects, creates public art, and sculptural, garden, gallery, and personal mosaics. She takes pictures sometimes, too.

Doris Thomas Browder (Rock Hill, SC), author of the chapbook Searching for Maypops, is a member of the Jabberwocks Poetry Group.

Joyce Compton Brown (Troutman, NC), authored Bequest (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and Singing with Jarred Edges (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2018), taught at Gardner-Webb University, and pursues interests in writing, Appalachia, and art.

Les M. Brown (Troutman, NC) has art, photography, short stories, and poetry in various journals, including Kakalak, moonShine review, and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel. He taught biology at Gardner-Webb University.

Barbara Campbell (Charlotte, NC) has poems published in Kakalak, Journey Within, Pinesong, The Southern Poetry Anthology, North Carolina, and Rattle.

Suzanna L. Cockerille (New Bern, NC) has poems published by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Poetry in Plain Sight, the Craven Arts Council, and more.

Lauren Coggins (Lake Wylie, SC) graduated from Queens University (2001) and works in the insurance industry. Her poems appear in Reed Magazine, Southern Poetry Review, and Kakalak 2017. She has poems forthcoming in Jabberwock.

Barbara Conrad (Charlotte NC), editor of Waiting for Soup, an anthology by homeless, authored There is a Field, Wild Plums (FutureCycle Press, 2018, 2013), and The Gravity of Color (Main Street Rag, 2007).

Jonathan Cook (Rock Hill, SC) presides over four active boys alongside his wonderful wife, Julie. He also knows the universal greeting.

Julie Ann Cook (Rock Hill, SC), wife, boymom, artist, and Pushcart-nominated author of Love Like Weeds (Main Street Rag, 2013), is published in Presence Poetry Journal, Fall-Lines, moonShine review, and Kakalak, among others. www.julieanncook.com

Cherie Cox (Charlotte NC) published news and legal articles for years. Charlotte Writers’ Club awarded her first place in poetry for 2002. Poetry, short stories, and essays are currently published.

Susan M. Craig (Columbia, SC), designer and poet, has work in publications including Kakalak, Mom Egg Review, and Fall Lines. Her chapbook, Terrible Beautiful, was a semifinalist in Quills Edge Press 2017.

Debra Daniel (Columbia, SC), authored Woman Commits Suicide in Dishwasher (Muddy Ford Press), poetry chapbooks, As Is (Main Street Rag, 2009) and The Downward Turn of August (Finishing Line Press).

Terri Kirby Erickson (Pfafftown, NC) is the author of five collections of poetry, with work appearing in American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac, Atlanta Review, and many other publications.

Carrah Lee Faircloth (White Oak, NC) lives and writes in Southeastern North Carolina. Currently, she is at work on her first novel and regularly posts on her blog, Buoy.

Beverly C. Finney (Hickory, NC) has appeared in Kakalak and in Wild Goose Review, participated in a number of ekphrastic events, and is a frequent open-mic reader with Poetry Hickory.

Michael Gaspeny (Greensboro, NC), author of the chapbooks Re-Write Men and Vocation, has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and been honored for his work as a hospice volunteer.

Becky Gould Gibson (Winston-Salem, NC), authored Heading Home (NCPS Lena Shull Winner, Main Street Rag, 2014) and The Xanthippe Fragments (St. Andrews University Press, 2016). She retired from Guilford College in 2008.

Terri Greco (Chapel Hill, NC) is a poet and psychotherapist. Her poems have appeared in online and print journals and are forthcoming in the North Carolina Gilbert-Chapell Distinguished Poet Anthology.

Anne Waters Green (Hendersonville NC) appeared in Kakalak 2017. Her poem “Bare Trees” placed second in Craven Arts Council’s “Fusion Poetry: Art” this year.

Bill Griffin (Elkin, NC) “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum (Senegal)

Cordelia Hanemann (Raleigh, NC), Professor Emerita, retired from Campbell University, is a writer and artist. A featured poet for Negative Capability Press and The Alexandria Quarterly, she’s now working on a novel about her Cajun roots.

Janis Harrington (Chapel Hill, NC) won the North Carolina Poetry Society’s 2017 Lena M. Shull Book Contest for her collection, Waiting for the Hurricane, published by St. Andrews University Press.

Allison C. Harrison (Washington, D.C.), who hails from NC, currently manages nonprofit programs in D.C. She received a Masters in Social Work and undergraduate Honors in Poetry from UNC Chapel Hill.

Bobby Sidna Hart (Advance, NC), author of Being Mama Would be Hard (NC Poverty Project, 1989) and The South Is My Love (Wake Forest University Book of Days, 1997), is semi-retired.

John Haugh (Greensboro, NC) has a day job, published seven poems in 2018 to date, won two awards, once fenced well, and is working on his book, Repurposed Ghost Mixtape.

Mary Hennessy (Raleigh, NC) has published poems in many journals and anthologies. One poem was featured in the play “Deployed.” She stays grateful.

Earl Carlton Huband (Durham, NC) won Methodist University’s 2018 Longleaf Press Chapbook Contest for The Innocence of Education, about his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Sultanate of Oman.

Karen Luke Jackson (Flat Rock, NC) says oral history and contemplative practices provide her lattice for writing. Her poems have appeared in Ruminate, Alive Now, eno, Broad River Review, Kestrel, and Friends Journal.

Ashley Jolicoeur (Denver, NC), a fifteen-year-old, self-taught artist, started at age nine, using graphite to produce realistic pieces, then transitioned to watercolors. She plans to be an Art Therapist in the future.

Caroline Kane Kenna (Huntersville NC), poet and essayist, serves on the Charlotte Writers’ Club board and is published in three anthologies and two editions of Kakalak. She kayaks with her husband on weekends.

Debbie Hammond Lancaster (York, SC) teaches ELA in York, where she is the 2018 District Teacher of the Year. Her writing is inspired by her home state and passion for teaching mindfulness.

Ron Lands (Knoxville, TN) is a hematologist and clinical Professor of Medicine. An MFA alumnus of Queens University of Charlotte, he has published short stories, poems, and essays in literary and medical journals.

Elda Lepak (Hendersonville, NC) authored Sky Canvas (Rivercrest Editions, 2010, printed by Lulu.com). She is published in many anthologies and journals in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and North Carolina.

Karon Luddy (Charlotte NC), novelist, earned her MFA in Fiction, yet poetry has always been her guiding light. Clemson University Press published Wolf Heart, her first book of poetry, in 2007.

C. I. Marshall (Carrboro, NC) received an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and was editor for ARTLIFE Magazine. His poem, “Myself as a Playboy Bunny,” won the 2018 Verve Poetry Festival Competition, Birmingham, UK.

Sandra Marshburn (Edisto Island, SC) has poems in recent issues of Third Wednesday, Trajectory, and Kakalak and has published four chapbooks. She researches and writes up historic sites for the museum on Edisto Island.

Mary E. Martin (Rock Hill, SC) has poetry in journals such as Kansas Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Main Street Rag, and JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Preston Martin (Chapel Hill, NC), poet and teacher, has published poems in New Ohio Review, Tar River Poetry, and other literary journals and anthologies.

Terri McCord (Greenville, SC) is a 2017 Pushcart nominee. Her work appears in Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005 and South Carolina Voices: Poetry and Prose, an anthology of South Carolina literary fellows.

Jack McGregor (Columbia, SC), is a professional musician/songwriter. Retired from a career in television production, photography has been his lifelong passion. He is married to author Debra A. Daniel.

Marilyn McVicker (Bakersville, NC), author of Some Shimmer of You (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and Sauna Detoxification Therapy (McFarland & Co., Inc., 1997), is a retired flutist and music educator.

Max Miller (Hillsborough, NC), a fine artist who trained in the atelier tradition in Florence, Italy, lives outside Durham, where he is available for commissions and workshops.

Elisabeth Murawski (Alexandria, VA), author of Heiress (Texas Review Press, 2018), Zorba’s Daughter (Utah State University Press, 2010), and Moon and Mercury (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1990) is a retired federal government worker.

Kathy Nelson (Fairview, NC), author of Cattails (Main Street Rag, 2013) and Whose Names Have Slipped Away (Finishing Line Press, 2016), writes among the rhododendron in the Swannanoa Mountains.

Tootsie O’Hara (Davidson, NC) is the author of a chapbook, A Passing Certainty (2004). She taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at UNCC and at Central Piedmont Community College.

Alice Osborn (Raleigh, NC) is a poet, singer-songwriter, and editor-for-hire whose poetry collections include Heroes without Capes, After the Steaming Stops, and Unfinished Projects.

Amy Currie Parker (Asheville, NC), author of Feeding the Gods of Vacation Karma (Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, 2017), studied creative writing at UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program.

Frances J. Pearce (Mount Pleasant, SC), author of Those Carolina Parakeets Once Far from Extinct (Finishing Line Press, 2014), is a past president of the Poetry Society of South Carolina.

Gail Peck (Charlotte, NC) is the author of eight books of poetry. Several of her books won awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in Brevity, Nimrod, Comstock, Southern Review, and more.

Barry Peters (Durham, NC), has recent work published by/forthcoming in Baltimore Review, Broad River Review, Connecticut River Review, The Flexible Persona, The Healing Muse, Jelly Bucket, Plainsongs, Rattle, and Sport Literate.

Diana Pinckney (Charlotte, NC) has five collections of poetry, including The Beast and The Innocent. She is the Winner of the Ekphrasis Prize, Atlanta Review’s International Prize, and Prime Number’s 2018 Award.

David E. Poston (Gastonia, NC), author of two award-winning chapbooks and the full-length collection Slow of Study, leads writing workshops and book discussions for Hospice and other venues.

Claire L. Poulson (Mooresville, NC), retired Professor of Psychology, now has time for poetry writing workshops with Anthony S. Abbott and Jabberwocks. Her poetry has appeared in Iodine Poetry Journal and Kakalak 2017.

David Radavich (Charlotte, NC) has published six poetry collections, most recently The Countries We Live In. He served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Charlotte Writers’ Club, and North Carolina Poetry Society.

Tony Reevy (Durham, NC) has published poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction. He resides in Durham with his wife, Caroline Weaver, and children, Lindley and Ian.

Jeanette Reid (Black Mountain, NC), author of It Wasn’t Until I Was Older, explores the mysterious influence quirky family members from childhood have on her present sensibilities.

Mason Rizzo (Youngsville, NC) lives and works in southern Franklin County, where he spends his free time gardening, writing, and wandering the woodlands.

Marilyn Keith Rousseau (Mooresville, NC) is a fifth-generation Floridian living in Mooresville. She is a published genealogist and award-winning fiber artist.

Susan Shaw Sailer (Morgantown, WV) has published two books, The God of Roundabouts and Ship of Light, as well as a chapbook, COAL. She is retired from the English Department, West Virginia University.

Jane Seitel (Apex, NC) received her MFA from Drew University. Publications include Prairie Schooner, The Florida Review, and international journals. She facilitates poetry and writing courses at Olli at Duke University.

Martin Settle (Charlotte, NC) has published four books—The Teleology of Dunes, Coming to Attention: developing the habit of haiku (Main Street Rag), The Backbone Alphabet (Xlibris), and Maple Samaras (Wild Leek Press).

Trish Sheppard (Beaufort, NC) has published in several journals, including her latest in Kyso Flash. Her latest award is Poet Laureate Finalists, NCPS.

Maureen Sherbondy (Durham, NC), author of nine poetry books and one short story collection, teaches English at Alamance Community College in Graham, NC. FutureCycle Press will publish Dancing with Dali in 2020.

Jane Shlensky (Bahama, NC), author of Barefoot on Gravel (Finishing Line Press, 2016), twice had poems nominated for Pushcart Prizes. A retired educator and active musician, her poetry is in sundry anthologies and magazines.

Sherry Siddall (Chapel Hill, NC) lives on two quiet acres. Her poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Kakalak, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, North Carolina.

Brian Slusher (Greenville, SC) is a high school teacher. His most recent publication was in Archive: SC Poetry Since 2005.

Claude Clayton Smith (Madison, WI) is the author of eight books and co-editor/translator of two others. His own work has been translated into five languages.

Angela Spires (Reno, NV) was born and raised in the South. Currently, she teaches English at the Davidson Academy.

Tony Tallent (Columbia, SC) has written poems and stories that have appeared in many platforms, including journals, anthologies, and the stage.

Lynne Santy Tanner (Rutherfordton, NC) is the choreographer for the Rutherford County Arts Council. Her poems have recently appeared in the QuilsEdgePress 50 x 50 anthology.

Richard Allen Taylor (Charlotte, NC) is the author of Armed and Luminous (Main Street Rag, 2016), former co-editor of Kakalak, and review editor for The Main Street Rag.

Melinda Thomsen (Greenville, NC) has recent poems in Tar River Poetry and Stone Coast Review, and her books, Naming Rights and Field Rations, are from Finishing Line Press.

Betsy Thorne (Columbia, SC) is an artist and member of the Community of Writers, Squaw Valley, CA. Publications include Yemassee, Fall Lines, and Squaw Valley Review.

Mark Vogel (Boone, NC) lives in a Blue Ridge holler with his wife, Susan Weinberg, an accomplished fiction writer. He is an English Professor at Appalachian State University.

Priscilla Webster-Williams (Durham, NC) authored The Narrative Possibilities of Coral (Main Street Rag, 2017) and received the 2016 Rash Award in Poetry. The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World has published her nature poems.

Eric Weil (Raleigh, NC), author of three poetry chapbooks A Horse at the Hirshhorn, Returning from Mars, and Ten Years In, is about to retire from Elizabeth City State University.

Bob Wickless (Reidsville, NC) has published poems in many magazines and literary journals for over forty years. This is his third consecutive appearance in Kakalak.

Emily Wilmer (Alexander, NC), co-director of Oasis of Wisdom: Institute for Contemplative Study, Practice, and Living, Asheville, has poems in Kakalak, Sufi Journal, and Inkwell. She was a Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred finalist.

Nancy H. Womack (Rutherfordton NC) is a retired educator with a passion for reading, writing, gardening, and entertaining family and friends. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies.

Nancy Young (Fuquay-Varina, NC) has published poems, short stories, novels—Seeing Things, Hearing Things, and Sensing Things—and a poetry chapbook—The Last Girl Standing. She thinks writing’s great therapy.


Elisabeth Murawski


Apollo 9 took pictures
of the sound in ’69,
creating a moon
of this minor world.
I taste the Atlantic
and think of all the ways
we make the Atlantic.
I lay a yellow towel
on the sand. The wind
dries my skin. Like a mother
in the middle of the night,
I hear the waves.



Sandra Marshburn


After the girl’s father died, just as he
had told her to, she continued to walk
every day to the road’s end and look at
a great lake, the lake he loved.
It offered red sunsets, a hint of Chicago
lights after dark, fog and a fog horn,
the diaphone kind. Her father had lived
before zebra mussels imported
in ships’ ballast tanks disturbed
the lake’s native food chain.

When the girl moved south to mountains,
she lived beside a river, inferior in her mind
to a great lake, her father had never
mentioned rivers, but she liked seeing
the other side. Woods over there, a fox,
scaly sycamore trunks, railroad tracks.
Once in a while, the river sported
orange booms around patches of water
to contain an oil spill. No one admitted
where the oil came from.

Older, she lives by an ocean where
water never ends. She keeps track of tides,
grew to like a salty taste and smell.
Thinks of her father as she walks there
every day, summer water rising
to 86 degrees, too much carbon
dioxide, fish dying for oxygen,
coral reefs diminished by
chemicals—these bodies of water
her granddaughters’ burden.



Barry Peters


I love how it sounds, rolling around
in my mouth like a grape jawbreaker,
but I have no idea how it worked,
that seed of destruction shot out of a tube:
did it explode on impact, great burst
of gunpowder, earthquake-shock
rocketing soldiers into the sky?
or did it only bowl over rows of infantry
and blast holes in the sides of boats and forts?
Last spring, a new neighbor putting in a pool
dug one up and placed it on a pedestal
by his front door, the iron globe posing
directly beneath a confederate flag.
It’s not live, but it’s loaded, he told me
while, over the backyard fence, I watched
his ten-year-old progeny spring
off the diving board, clutching himself
to birth the biggest splash possible.

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