Elizabeth Simson Durant has been in love with poetry since her mother first read her “The Highwayman” as a child. Her poems have appeared in over two dozen literary journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, Versal, Kalliope, Comstock Review, and Earth’s Daughters. Elizabeth’s first chapbook, “Sea Change,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005.

Although graduate school slowed her pace, Elizabeth still swims with the poemfish. She is the former Poetry Editor of Gertrude Press, a Portland-based literary small press showcasing the creative talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight supportive writers. Her volunteer work with Write Around Portland supports her belief that each person is a writer, with a spark of the Divine that they alone can bring to the world.

Elizabeth is wife to one amazing woman, “Mutti” to one amazing daughter, and staff to one exceedingly demanding cat. She lives in Portland, Oregon.