The Frugal Poets

Curtis Dunlap lives near the confluence of the Mayo and Dan rivers in Mayodan, North Carolina. His poems have been published in a number of journals including The Christian Science Monitor, Contemporary Haibun Online, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Floyd County Moonshine, Frogpond, Haibun Today, The Heron's Nest, Magnapoets, Modern Haiku, Rusty Truck, Sketchbook, Thunder Sandwich and The Wild Goose Poetry Review. He was awarded the Museum of Haiku Literature Award in 2008; 3rd Prize in the 11th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2006); 1st place in the 2010 Fine Arts Festival of Rockingham County for his poem Weekender; an Editors' Choice award, The Heron's Nest VII:4 (2005); a Best New Poets 2012 Nomination for his poem Brickyard Road. A number of Curtis's poems are available on The Frugal Poet web site at He enjoys frugal cooking and washing dishes.

Susan Nelson Myers is a poet, artist, beekeeper, and small business entrepreneur who resides in Mayodan, North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Haibun Online (online and print edition), The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, A Hundred Gourds, Notes from the Gean, Prune Juice and is forthcoming in a number of other publications.  Susan was one of four poets to write the first renray entitled Ephemera, a collaborative genre of poetry for two to four people that emphasizes jazz-like improvisational verse. Susan also provided a Spanish translation of Ephemera. She received an editor’s commentary for her haibun entitled a pot of beans; Best of the Net 2011 Nomination for her free verse poem entitled Fourteen Days; Denny’s Award for her "removing sandals" haiku. A number of Susan's poems are available on The Frugal Poet web site at She is a master at frugal living and not too shabby a Scrabble player.