Darius Simpson

writer. poet. performer. 

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Darius Simpson

is a writer, educator, performer, and skilled living room dancer from Akron, Ohio. He received his BA in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University and his MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Mills College. Darius was a recipient of the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship and is the author of Never Catch Me (Button Poetry, 2022).​ He hopes to inspire that feeling you get that makes you scrunch up your face after a good bite of homemade Mac N Cheese. Darius' poems have appeared in  POETRY Magazine, The Adroit Journal, American Poetry ReviewTinderbox Poetry Journal, and others.  Darius believes in the dissolution of empire and the total liberation of all oppressed people by any means available. Free the People. Free the Land. Free All Political Prisoners.





What We Call A Thing

Dear 7th Grade Self

In Defense of Scar




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Never Catch Me

Never Catch Me belongs in the throat of every megaphone. Each line, an anthem; a heart-crafted survival map; an elegy. Simpson's work is boisterous, urgent and unintentionally holy.”

Janae Johnson, author of Lessons on Being Tenderheaded

"In these pages, a two-step is a righteous rhythm bucking against the one & three count of the illegitimate state. Here, love is both a war drum and unclenched scraped knuckles. Not only do the poems in Never Catch Me chronicle, but they’re an urgent call to action."

Daniel B. Summerhill, author of Divine, Divine, Divine & Mausoleum of Flowers