Jeff Simpson

Jeff Simpson was born and raised in southwest Oklahoma. He is the author of Vertical Hold (Steel Toe Books, 2011), a finalist for The National Poetry Series. He has also been a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize and Drake University's Emerging Writer Award. In 2010, he founded the online arts & literature magazine, The Fiddleback, for which he served as editor in chief. His poems have appeared in Forklift, OhioPrairie SchoonerCopper NickelPoet LoreHarpur Palate, and others. Before joining the Academy of American Poets, he taught literature and creative writing at SUNY: Old Westbury and Queens College, and served as the advertising coordinator at Poets & Writers Magazine.

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