Melanie Simms is a new poet, tutored under the mentorships of acclaimed poets David Swanger, lyric poet, Gary Young, and John Taggart. In 6 years she has seen over 130 publications of poetry in various e-zines, magazines and newspapers nationally and internationally including: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Penn Review, Zuzu's Petals,3 Cup Morning (Canada) , among many others. She has been anthologized and is a member of the World Poets Society.

Her awards include; Poet Laureate of Perry County (2005-2006) , A Vermont Writers Studio Scholarship,
an Honorarium from Shippensburg University, an Evvy Award nomination, among others. For more information, visit her website at


Melanie Simms Poems

Night Poem (For Jimmy Santiago Baca)

I wait outside your adobe
For the light to come on in your window.
I wait alone in the darkness
Looking for you in the moonlight.... more »

One More Hero (For Admiral Craig Quigley, Ret.)

Distracted by the silence
I turn on the radio;
Enrique croons,
'Let me be your hero, '... more »

Little God

My son doesn't know
His own strength;
Shadows flicker across the room,
Ducks, rabbits... more »

Melanie Simms Quotes

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