Elizabeth Simson


Biography of Elizabeth Simson

Elizabeth Simson poet

Elizabeth Simson has been in love with poetry since her mother first read her 'The Highwayman' as a child. Her poems have appeared in over two dozen literary journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, Kalliope, Comstock Review, Gertrude, and Earth's Daughters. Elizabeth’s first chapbook, 'Sea Change, ' was recently published by Finishing Line Press.

A 1996 graduate of Willamette University, Elizabeth received the National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar's Award. She is a member of OSPA, WPA and the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG) . Elizabeth serves as the quarterly newsletter editor for the Oregon State Poetry Association.

In addition to participating in local poetry venues, Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for Gertrude Press, a Portland-based literary small press showcasing the creative talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight supportive writers. A feminist and first-generation German-American, Elizabeth writes to make sense of the world and her place in it.

Elizabeth Simson's Works:

Sea Change, Finishing Line Press,2005

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Opening The Conversation

all ordinary memories are mine:
yellow tiles of sun in the breakfast nook,
gospel prayer on her bedside radio,
early sprinkler swish, dew swell,
quilt-soft hem of her apron, crystal taste
of the heavy candy jar.

but only my mother knows
how I slept inside her, what time I woke

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