Border Songs: A Conversation in Poems, written in collaboration with Daniel Simpson, is now available from Finishing Line Press.



The poems in Border Songs offer more than a conversation between poets: they’re conversant, knowledgeable, informed by eros, loss, delight, curiosity, and intimate wisdom. This collection stays long after you’ve stopped reading to meditate alone about body and soul. –Stephen Kuusisto


Geode, my first full-length collection of poems, is available at the Main Street Rag online bookstore and Amazon.com.

Ona Gritz’s poems prove the unlikely – that it’s possible to dazzle with simplicity, an eloquent, apparently effortless simplicity that poem after poem registers emotional truths. Many poems in Geode explore what it means to live gracefully with a disability. I don’t know if Gritz has perfect pitch, but she has its poetic equivalent; she continually hits the right note, and moves us to a different sense of regard by her precisions and her exquisite sensibility. I love this book. –Stephen Dunn


On the Whole: a story of mothering and disability, my novella-length memoir, is  available as an ebook on Amazon and  Barnes & Noble, and as an audiobook on Audible.


Tangerines and Tea, My Grandparents & Me

Nick Jr. Family Magazine named Tangerines and Tea Best Alphabet Book of 2005. Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine named it one of only six Best Books for 2005 and included it in their list of Teacher’s Picks.


Left Standing, my poetry chapbook, is available from Finishing Line Press as part of their New Women’s Voices series.


There are few books of poetry that one picks up and reads straight through because they could not put it down, but Left Standing is one of them. Despite its apparent simplicity, it is a book that rewards rereading because more is learned each time. For beginning writers who feel that poetry can only be successful through the use of $50 words and extra-textual literary allusions, this collection should be mandatory reading. Without pretense, fanfare or emotional self-indulgence, Gritz shows you what poetry can do.—Michael Northen, co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: the New Poetry of Disability


7 thoughts on “Home

  1. I’m so excited and looking forward to Geode, Ona’s new poetry book. I love poetry. I love Ona: a warm, intelligent, caring, beautiful all-around lady, full of love for others.

  2. Tried to post this on the NY Times today, but missed the cutoff. I hope this reaches you. Thank you for your voice.

    I continue to be blown away by the reading of each essay in this wonderful series. As a person living with a disability of my own, I am struck by how the language in each of these essays could easily be a mirror of sorts of my own thoughts, experiences and, most importantly, words. And, as I’ve come to my disability late in life, these essays often clarify for me experiences in my own life that I’m just learning to address. It’s a huge comfort to know and understand that there are others who “get it”, even if we don’t share the same malady. Disability, in whatever form it takes, can be quite isolating at times. This series, and the essays contained therein, help me feel less alone in the world.

  3. Thank you for writing the article in the NYTimes. My daughter is 16 and a left-hemiplegic that is now so mild she can type with both hands. We celebrate her accomplishments, but she feels deep shame about being “different.” She confided in her BFF that she has CP. The friendship has ended and my daughter lives in fear she will be “outed.” She can not even articulate why she fears this or what it means to have people “know the dark truth.” Is this a journey she must take alone? Is there anything I can do to help her love herself fully? Does acceptance come with the maturity of adulthood?

  4. Dear Ona — I was so touched by your recent piece in the Times. It was beautiful, and beautifully written. There was one sentence that I realized as I read was a perfect, small poem, a rich and complete story in a single line:

    He reads to me too
    running his fingers along pages of braille
    as though skimming them through water.

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