Saturday, December 29, 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

Ridley Pearson and Mary Nida Smith Twin Falls, Idaho

The Village Writing School

Happy New Year from The Village Writing School

Thank you for being a part of our community this year, whether you joined us in a writing workshop, the online memoir summit, or another program. Your support means the world to us.

We are excited to be planning our 2019 roster of events for writers. But we would love your input: What topics would you like us to focus on in upcoming workshops and events to help your writing?

Please take two minutes to fill out our short survey:

This year was an exciting year for the Village Writing School, but we want 2019 to be even more useful to you.

Let's make 2019 the year of YOUR story!

Soggy Doggy Coffee Shop

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Toad Fellow a Poem

Toad Fellow
© Mary Nida Smith

The twisted road
Covered with yellow leaves
Traveled a toad
Named Longfellow.

Longfellow the toad
Was a poet, remember
Who loved railroads
 The month of December.

The month of lights
All colors and shapes
That twinkled bright
Throughout the landscape.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. (OWFI

The 2019 OWFI writing contest is open for submissions! Entrants must be paid members of OWFI or full-time students. Check out the rules and categories and submit your entries:
If you have any questions, post them here and tag Aleasha Wales Shelnuttand Traci Ison Schafer so that we’ll see your post and respond as soon as possible!

Monday, November 19, 2018


There were a group of us
Traveling across country
Loaded in a large tour bus
Not one of us liked to fly
We were on a mission to discuss
Bees, moths and butterflies
Planting gardens of flowers, plus
Colors, fragrance and sizes that qualify
Providing nectar to creatures
In our mission outcry.

© Mary Nida Smith

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

U.S. Naval Undersea Museum Store & Foundation

Dear Mary,
Yes, we carry your book!
Thank you for checking in with us,

Daina Birnbaums
U.S. Naval Undersea Museum Store & Foundation
1 Garnett Way / PO Box 408
Keyport, WA 98345
360-697-1537 / 360-697-1129

Saturday, October 06, 2018

the poetry of US

 Released September 25, 2018. I feel blessed to have a poem about Arkansas published in this beautiful book with so many famous poets. Thank you J. Patrick Lewis.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Crescent Dragonwagon Writing Workshop
WHAT: Start (or return to) writing in a 12-week, once-a-week small writing group with Crescent Dragonwagon. The group will open shortly in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is limited to twelve participants. Low-key, high-energy, centered on writing process and practice, each session gives writers and would-be writers the insights, tools, approaches, practices and methods they need to grow their work to its individual next level.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Poem Framed


Photographing scenes
Sky, land, or people 
I frame in my view
One at a time.
I raise my camera
Study each frame,
As I focus on the
Story it will project,
To others who view
The finished product,
Will say, she captured
The moment.
© Mary Nida Smith

Monday, September 24, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen and Coming soon to the Donald W. Reynolds Library, Mountain Home, AR The Sisterhood, Jan Morrill, Linda Apple and Ruth Weeks will be sharing. October 6, 1-3 pm.Don't miss this.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Donald W. Reynolds Library Writers Events
More Events at Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County

Poetry Workshop

Tue 6 PM1 person is going or interested
View Event

Discover the Writer in You

Tue 6 PM1 person is going or interested
View Event

Author Brooks Blevins

Sun 2 PM26 people are going or interested
View Event

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wildlife Cries by Mary Nida Smith

  1. Wildlife Cries
    © Mary Nida Smith
    Listen to our voice said the wolf
    Searching for food
    Listen to our voice
    Said the deer
    Searching for acorns
    Listen, listen, to our voice
    Cried the birds looking
    For a home in the trees
    Listen to our voice said the bear
    Looking for berries and seeds
    All the animals raised their
    Voices – listen to us
    Listen, listen humans
    Hear our voice loud and clear
    You humans are destroying us
    As you steal our land
    And destroy, to build
    Shopping malls and houses
    Slowly our voices will be silent
    The few lift behind will walk
    In shadows on streets
    While humans sleep.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Mary Nida Smith Credits

National Geographic book, “The poetry of US,” edited by J. Patrick Lewis. My poem about Arkansas
SILO – South Central College Literary Magazine 500 word poem Cowboy Jo

Skyhorse Publishing Inc. Book – Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century.

Heroes Beneath the Waves. (submarine poem)

Ozark Regional Arts Council Historian January 2014-

Palette Art League August Exhibited: Photographs and Illustrations/art, plus
photo cards, 5x7 photos, books, and Free Verse Poetry Group’s latest CD “Driftwood.” August 1-30, 2014.

Area Art Club Art Show – Second place and honorable mention (photographs) June 2014

Louise Grace Publishing, Women in Nature Anthology Series:  Wildlife Friends page 113, May 2014   

 Area Art Club ORAC exhibit at ASUMN (photographs) 2013

Written and read two poems on “Driftwood” second CD Free Verse Poetry Group, spring 2013

Area Art Club Show Photographs won second place and honorable mention 2013

Historian and Photographer, Midway Arkansas, Baptist Church 2008-2013

Journal of the Ozarks Past and Present Premier Lightnin’ Publishing Company
Ozark Poetry, (Poem) Page 62 winter 2013

Ozark Regional Arts Council monthly newsletter columnist, “Twin Lakes Area Writers”   May, 2012-

Princess Paisley Cooks with Friend (recipe) Limited Edition of 150 Sun-e-dale Knoll Publishing 2012

Bull Shoals Art Club Show, photograph, honorable mention 2012

Ozarks Sunrises: poetry chapbook with photographs, printed by Enterprise Printing Company
October 2011

 Storyteller magazine, Volume 16 Issue I (cover photograph).  The Storyteller, 2441 Washington Rd., Maynard, AR 72444 Jan/Feb/Mar 2011


GOOD OLD DAYS magazine: Buck, the Comeback Horse, page 68, Volume 47 – No 3. May/June 2010

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine, Where Do You Find An Ozarks Mountaineer? Page- At Front Of  The Shoals Museum and photograph Volume 58, No 4. The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine, Where Do You Find An Ozarks Mountaineer In The Potting Shed and photograph in same issue July/August 2010

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine volume 58, No. 5 Photograph, Where Do you Find An Ozarks Mountaineer by Mary Nida Smith won a years’ subscription for contributing the picture and information page 60 July/August 2010

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine Photograph of an outhouse in The Golden Country Department Volume 57, No.6 page Nov/Dec 2009

The Mountaineer ECHO newspaper, BS Art Club is growing, October 2, 2008

The Mountaineer ECHO newspaper, Allen speaks to Bull Shoals historical society,

Kid Magazine Writers – On Line magazine My Office Dept. BLOGGING IS AN IMPORTANT WRITER’S TOOL Issue 61, December 2009 

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine Volume 57, no.3 Department – Round & About The Ozarks – Cavefish Discovered in Baxter County page 23, May/June 2009

Blogging with author David L. Harrison, Word-of-the-month Poetry Challenge . Word of the Month Hall of Fame Poet, Guest Poet and Guest Reader October 2009 -2012 

POLARIS magazine (Official Publication of U.S. Submarine Veterans World War II) USS SEA FOX SS-402   Vol. 52, No4, page 6 August 2008  

Submarine Stories of World War II non-fiction book published by Red Engine Press, Branson, Missouri 2008
U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS OF WWII – Arkansas Diamond Chapter newsletter editor 2008- November 2009

Missouri Writers’ Guild newsletter, Bloging is Very Important Vol. 84 No 3  September 2008

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine Volume 55, No5 Department – Round& About The Ozarks – New Bat Cave Discovers in Baxter County page 24 Sept/Oct 2007

Once Upon A Time magazine, Writer’s Block volume 12 # 1 page 27 Spring 2007

Ozark Writers League, The OWL’s HOOT newsletter, SPEAKER ASSESSMENT HOW TO CHECK THEM OUT, page 4 May 2007

SALUTE Newsletter, RRP CONSULTING/RED ENGINE PRESS, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Vol.2, Issue 6 June 25, 2007

SALUTE Newsletter, RRP CONSULTING/RED ENGINE PRESS, Mountain Home Plaza 2000, Vol.2 Issue 7 July 25, 2007

SALUTE Newsletter, RRP CONSULTING/RED ENGINE PRESS, Korea Conflict USS SEA FOX SS-402 Vol. 2, Issue 8 August 25, 2007

SALUTE Newsletter, RRP CONSULTING/RED ENGINE PRESS, Writing My Book: Submarine Stories of World War II,   Vol. 2, Issue 9 September/October 2007

Patriots’ Herald, A Carroll County Newspaper – Submarine Veterans of World War II Yearly visit to Eureka Springs, Friday, Nov15, 2007

Yarnspinners & Wordweavers, Red Engine Press/River Road Press newsletter
BLOGGING/ Blogging as a Publicity Tool November, 2007

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine, Rocky Ridge Refuge: Home of Lurch The Watusi, plus photographs and sidebar, pages 14 &15 Volume 54, No.1  Jan/Feb 2006

Yarnspinners & Wordweavers, Red Engine Press/River Road Press Newsletter   Poem/ Anxieties of Kite Flying, page 3, 3/17/2007

SALUTE Newsletter, RRP CONSULTING/RED ENGINE PRESS The United States Submarine Service, Volume 1, Issue 2 May 25,2006

SALUTE Newsletter, RRP CONSULTING/ RED ENGINE PRESS Close Encounter – Remembering S-28 Volume 1, Issue 6 page 6-7 September 28, 2006

 Yarnspinners & Wordweavers, Red Engine Press/River Road Press, Conference, Workshops, & Retreats Sept/Oct2006

Ozarks Magazine, DANDELIONS: THE SHEPHERD’S CLOCK (Ozarks gardens) page 11 April/May 2006

Echoes of the Ozark, Anthology published by,  Ozarks Writers League, Volume II Ancestry and Nature Unite Ozarkians page 111 2006

The Mountaineer ECHO newspaper Bull Shoals: The music capital of north central Arkansas August 3, 2006

Ozark Mountain News (Serving the Twin Lakes Area) Book looks at local curiosities Reviewed by Mary Nida Smith Eccentric America Volume2, No1 page 16 August 2006

Ozark Mountain News Country music group takes a bow Volume 1, No 11 page 6 July 2006

Ozark Mountain News, Taking the natural out of our Natural State. Volume 1,
No. 9 page 6 May 2006

POLARIS magazine, CLOSE ENCOUTER REMEMBERING S-28 Vol. No 50 page 10, October 2006

Ozark Mountain News, American Legion is active in helping Volume 1, No 5 page 8, December 2005

Ozark Mountain News Meet the Subvets Volume 1, No4 page 16 November 2006

Ozarks’ Senior Living Newspaper, HOUSE PLANTS ARE LIKE CHILDREN page 17 http:// www. February, 2005

The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Missouri newsletter

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - Fine Lines, Australia Chapter Newsletter Eliminate Cutter and Stress (winter 2005)

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Arkansas, Reporter
for Arkansas SCBWI chapter news for Missouri SCBWI MO Scribble newsletter,
  Fall 2004 -winter 2005 

Ozarks Writers League newsletter, article (OWL) ELIMATE CLUTTER AND STRESS page 4, August 2005
Ozark Mountain News, The Spider Lady captures beauty in the web Volume 1, No. 3 October 2005 Page 8

Ozarks Magazine, MAGICAL MOPHEADS (ozarks gardens) Photographs page 22  Fall2005

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine, Mountain Home – Home of Ozarks Mountain News - Round & About The Ozarks Dept. Volume 53, No 7 page 20 Sept/Oct 2005

Ozarks Monthly- Gardening – chives for all seasons, plus photos –E-zine on line
 July 2004

WestSide Star newspaper, Chive Gardening in the Ozarks, Special to the WestSide Star Wednesday, Vol.2 No. 14page 14 A Wednesday, July 21, 2004

GOOD OLD DAYS SPECIALS, Christmas Among the Wolves, plus photos Volume 29, Number 1, Page 46-47- 48 January 2002

Twin Lakes Writer (Founder of the group and newsletter) Editor of the Twin Lakes Writers newsletter 2002-2005

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine News of Another Mountaineer, Round & About The Ozarks, Dept.  Volume 50, No. 1, 50th Anniversary Issue page 22 February/March 2002

GRIT – AMERICAN LIFE TRADTIONS – My Favorite Garden Dept., Garden Oasis, plus photos, Volume 120, No. 8 page 18-19 April 14, 2002

Rural Arkansas magazine, Cicada season page 20 V0l.I.IV, Number 9July 1, 2001

The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine, Rustic Roads - poem page 56 Vol. 48, No. 4
August/September 2000

GRIT – AMERICAN LIFE TRADITION – HOBBIES & CRAFTS Dept. TINY TOWN, Plus photos Volume 118, No. 22 page 14-15 0ctober 29, 2000

Baxter County Poets Association contest second place Mary Nida Smith Backyard
November 10, 2000

Siloam Spring Writers Workshop Third Place, What Would Christmas be without a Tree (children’s story) August 24, 1996

Inside Stories Harvard Avenue Baptist Church Art Ministry: Unconditional Love and A Labor of Love “Fatherhood” Mary Ann (Nida) Smith Volume 1, 1996

 Inside Stories from Harvard Avenue Baptist Church Arts Ministry: HABC WAR WIVES PATROL (of World War II) Mary Ann (Nida) Smith Volume 2, 1996

Sager Creek Arts Center Brochure covers/ photographs April 1995,
October 1, 1995

Sager Creek Arts Center 6th Annual Children Playwright Contest Mary Ann (Nida) Smith honorable mention July 19, 1995

The Herald- Leader newspaper, Church constitutes at Robinson, photo Page 6 B Wednesday, September 7, 1994

The Herald- Leader newspaper, Photo and caption Great pumpkins Wednesday, Page 5B September 7, 1994

The Herald- Leader newspaper, Siloam Springs, Arkansas - photograph contest
Scenic Winner by Mary Ann (Nida) Smith Page 4B – Sunday, October 31, 1993

Northwest Living! Magazine, Weed and Grass Bouquets, page 40-41 Volume 3, Number 6 June 1988

Northwest Living! Magazine, The Chariots of Winter (Twin Falls Field Editor Page 19 Volume 7, Number, November-December 1989

 Northwest Living! Magazine, Weed and Grass Bouquets, page 40-41 Volume 3, Number 6 June 1988

Magic Valley Farm Lines, South Idaho Press, a Park Newspaper, Chariot racing – popular winter sport, page 4-5 with sidebar- You can be involved in chariot racing too. January, 1988

Magic Valley Farm Lines South Idaho Press, a Park Newspaper, She trains horse- Jerome woman makes childhood dream real, page 4 and page 812
New Idaho noxious weed list will be out soon, with illustration February, 1988

Magic Valley Farm lines, South Idaho Press, a Park Newspaper, Hunts balance farm-city lives, page 8 and page 21 Pony Club helps mold youth and page 22 Countryside Reflections (essay) March, 1988

Magic Valley Farm Lines, South Idaho Press, a Park Newspaper, “Treat ‘em good” Jerome man talks “mule” (White Mules) page 6-7 and page B13,April is dawning(essay) April, 1988


Magic Valley Farm Lines, South Idaho Press, a park Newspaper, Pair moves breeding farm to Jerome, page 15 July, 1988

Northwest Living! Magazine, Christmas on the Desert, (Field Editor) page26, Volume 6, Number1, November-December 1988

Port Orchard Independent newspaper, Port Orchard, Washington, weekly column, Manchester Matters (About the people & village events) May, 26, 1987 –October 2, 1987

Port Orchard Independent newspaper, Port orchard, Washington – Manchester port commissioners seek funding assistance for park, September 18, 1987

Writers’ Chapbook, A New Voice in an Old Land, Illustration page 8 issue#6,
January, 1987

Writers’ Chapbook, A New Voice in an Old Land, Poetry Weather Fantasy & illustration  Boise, Idaho issue #7 April 1987

Northwest Living! Magazine, Weed and Grass Bouquets, page 40-41 Volume 3, Number 6 June 1988

The Falls Street Journal, Official Monthly Publication of the Greater Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Ode to the Magic Valley (poem) Volume 4 April 1986

Pentecostal Evangel Poem Seesaw prayer life page 31 No. 3694 February 24, 1985

Oregon Journal newspaper, Portland, Oregon Book Review Department, Reviews published under the name of Mary Bensching: THE THIRD HALF by Mildred Davis; WILD GOOSE, BROTHER GOOSE, by Mel Ellis; HOMELAND by Hal Borland; THE THROWAWAY CHILDREN by Lisa Aversa Richette 1969-1970