Biography of Elizabeth Simson
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
Elizabeth Simson Poems
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,
Szymborska. For days your name was just a slip of paper in my pocket, written by a bookstore clerk in Gdań sk who took pity on my poor pronunciation.
Remember Edward Hopper’s painting Automat? That’s where I am now. At a Flying-J mega-plex in Barstow, California, drinking coffee under trillion-watt fluorescents. For five days I’ve been sleeping in Hideaway Cabins
Szymborska. For days your name
was just a slip of paper in my pocket,
written by a bookstore clerk in Gdań sk
who took pity on my poor pronunciation.
I carried you like a talisman throughout Poland,
but wherever I found your words
I was unable to read them.