Sandra Simonds

Sandra Simonds is an award-winning poet and critic. She is the author of seven books of poetry: Atopia (Wesleyan University Press, 2019); Orlando (Wave Books, 2018); Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press; Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015); The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014); Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012); and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems and criticism have been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the 2014 and 2015 Best American Poetry collections and have appeared in many other literary journals.

Sandra Simonds


on Defacing the Monument by Susan Briante 

Who should tell the stories of people suffering under repressive political regimes such as the United States today? This may be one of the most fiercely debated questions of twenty-first-century literature. Defacing the Monument, Susan Briante’s newest book, which is part lyric essay, part criticism, part poetry—and, most surprisingly, part workbook—thinks through possible answers to […]

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