bremsonPHOTOGRAPH: Poet Ed Bremson with The Great Gatsby Anthology — which features his poem “Fantastic Farm” — on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The building in the background, Harrelson Hall, is where Ed took his first classes 51 summers ago. The building is soon to be demolished.

Ed Bremson has been writing for more than 50 years. In 1967, he attended the Writer’s Workshop given by Sam Ragan (North Carolina Poet Laureate). For many years, he attended The Longview Writers, a group that grew out of that workshop. In deciding what genre of writing to pursue, Ed decided on fiction — so for about 40 years he tried, unsuccessfully, to write and publish novels. He studied at North Carolina State University with Guy Owen (author of The Flim-Flam Man); he took writing classes through UNC-Chapel Hill; and when he became frustrated with fiction, he tried writing other things, including plays.

Over the years, he had various short stories published, as well as about a dozen poems, but without a real breakthrough that could be called “success.” After his wife died in 2004, Ed spent several years blogging political topics and topics related to health.

In 2007, he stopped everything he was doing and enrolled in the Online Creative Writing MFA program at National University. He intended to focus on Creative Nonfiction, but while taking required courses, he discovered how much he loved writing poetry, so he changed his emphasis, and graduated in 2009, at the age of 61, with his Creative Writing (Poetry) MFA.

Since graduating, Ed has published many individual poems, and several books of poetry. He has won several haiku contests, including one with a prize of $175. One of his longer poems appeared in the Longlist Anthology of the 2011 Montreal Prize competition. Many of his poems have been translated and published in Slovenia and Croatia. In 2014, he edited a book of Mongolian haiku published in Mongolia and the US.

Currently, he has a chapbook (Like a Summer Night) forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Ed lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more, visit Ed Bremson’s blog and find him on Facebook and Twitter.