Darius Simpson

writer. performer. disruptor. 

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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.​ 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. Currently he lives in Oakland, CA where, as a Teaching Artist, he partners with organizations to facilitate writing and performance workshops throughout the Bay Area. 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




To book Darius to facilitate a writing  workshop, host/emcee your event, perform an individual piece or feature-long set, or talk about 90s R&B, please fill out this form.

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