Caroline N. Simpson

“My experiences living and traveling abroad are a great source of inspiration for me. Seeing my world through the lens of another culture is at the heart of my work. When writing, I embrace questions, and through my pen, let the mystery propel me.”

Caroline Simpson is a poet, essayist, and playwright. She studied playwriting at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and poetry at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Merano, Italy.

She was the 2020 Delaware Division of Artists Established Artist in Poetry. Her chapbook, Choose Your Own Adventure and Other Poems, was published by Finishing Line Press in September 2018. Her poetry and essays have appeared in the U.S. and abroad in journals such as Rattle and Bayou. A collection of her poetry won Honorable Mention in Hot Street’s 2013 Emerging Writers Contest, and she has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in nonfiction and poetry.

Her full-length play, The Asymmetrical Embrace, tells the story of Vincent van Gogh’s sister-in-law, Johanna Bonger van Gogh, to whom he owes his posthumous fame. It was produced as a staged reading by Seattle Playwrights Circle at Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, WA) in 2015, and as a virtual staged reading at Lakewood Playhouse (Lakewood, WA) in April 2021.

Caroline has a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Montana. She taught English Language Arts at international high schools in Turkey and Spain, and developmental English at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, WA. Her values-based curriculum, “Exploring Personal Values to Promote Critical Thinking, Mindfulness, and Empathy,” was published in The English Journal in 2015. She currently teaches high school English at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE.

Caroline lives in Wilmington, DE, with her daughter. She loves outdoor adventure, art, travel, and learning about other cultures.

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