Poetry by Crossley Simmons

Continuing our series featuring writing by the 2017 Firsts! contest finalists, this week we’re pleased to present poetry by Crossley Simmons. These poem/images are excerpts from her finalist manuscript A COMING OF AGE SCOOP NECK TEE: POEMS FOR (UN)DRESSING.






Crossley Simmons has an M.F.A. in Poetry from Temple University, and squats over 315 pounds. Her essay “be//headed” was awarded the Joseph Beam Prize for an essay or literary work “whose subject matter would be of interest and importance to sexual minorities.” A COMING OF AGE SCOOP NECK TEE: POEMS FOR (UN)DRESSING was a semifinalist for Ahsahta Press’s 2016 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, a finalist for Rescue Press’s 2016 Black Box Poetry Prize, and a finalist for Kelsey Street Press’s 2017 FIRSTS! contest. Crossley is the last name of her Great Grandmother, Baba, who turns 99 this year in Memphis.

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