11427217_10206694484822306_2743802412203675882_nDaniel Simpson is the author of the poetry collection, School for the Blind (Poets Wear Prada, 2014.) His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Cortland Review, Hampden Sydney Poetry Review, Passenger, The Atlanta Review, The Louisville Review and Margie, among others. In 2007, he and his brother released a CD of their poetry entitled Audio ChapbookCinquo Puntos Press published his essay “Line Breaks the Way I See Them” and four of his poems in Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, a 2012 ALA Notable Poetry Book called “unusual and powerful” by Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review.

The recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, he acts, along with Ona Gritz, as Poetry Editor for Referential Magazine. A former church musician, computer programmer, and high school English teacher, Dan currently works for the Library of Congress as a Technical Support Specialist. His blog, Inside the Invisible, can be found at http://www.insidetheinvisible.wordpress.com.

Ona Gritz’s first full-length poetry collection, Geode, was a finalist for the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Bellevue Literary Review, Seneca Review, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability and many other journals and anthologies. She has won the Inglis House Poetry Contest, the Late Blooms Poetry Postcard Competition and placed second forLilith Magazine‘s Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition and The Bellingham Review‘s Annie Dillard Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Ona’s chapbook of poems, Left Standing, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Her novella-length memoir, On the Whole: a story of mothering and disability, is available as an ebook from Shebooks, a new imprint of short ebooks for women. Ona is also a children’s author, essayist, and columnist for the online journal Literary Mama.


On Wednesday, July 22nd at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Ona Gritz and Daniel Simpson as featured readers to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Dante Hall.

The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem (and only one poem) that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, featured poets Ona Gritz and Daniel Simpson will read.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com) to your social media.

Questions about this series or to apply to be a featured poet, please contact Emari DiGiorgio:emari.digiorgio@stockton.edu .