The how, when, where, and why of the process – (the who is my “collected” writing selves) Early in 2021, a full year into the pandemic, I signed up to listen to Canadian writer and self-described writing “mid-wife,” Traci Skuce in a series she called “Write your First or Next Book” where she invited writers … Continue reading →
About Barbara Simmons
Barbara Simmons is a Bostonian living in California –the two coasts inform her writing! A graduate of Wellesley and The Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins, she’s a retired educator who writes to remember, envision, celebrate, mourn, and understand. She’s published a book of poetry, Offertories: Exclamations and Disequilibriums (Amazon) and a chapbook (12/22), Sweeping, Not Swept Away. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Santa Clara Review, Hartskill Review, Boston Accent, NewVerse News, Soul-Lit, Capsule Stories, Writing it Real, and the Journal of Expressive Writing. Visit her at barbarasimmonspoetry.com.
It was the year I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, leaving the boarding school where I’d been teaching in western Massachusetts. I was living in an apartment – actually, the 2nd floor of an old home that had been carved into … Continue reading →
Our fall/winter 2018 contest judge Kelli Agodon felt that two poems tied for 2nd place. We posted one last week, ?Grave Site Visit? by Nancy Levinson, and this week we are posting the second second-place winning poem, Barbara Simmons “Driving Home.” Kelli wrote this about her choice of Barbara?s poem: “Driving Home” is a lovely … Continue reading →