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 Ona Gritz is the author of the poetry collection, Geode, a finalist for the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and On the Whole: a Story of Mothering and Disability, a memoir that Paige Bennett of Blogher says, “reads like poetry” and “should be required reading for all new moms.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Utne ReaderMORE magazine, Ploughshares, The Bellevue Literary Review, Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, and many other journals and anthologies. Ona’s essay, It’s Time, which appeared in the Rumpus, was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2016.  She and her husband, Daniel Simpson, have a new joint poetry collection, Border Songs: A Conversation in Poems and a new writing guide and anthology, More Challenges For the Delusional, featuring prompts by Peter MurphyOna has also written two children’s books, including Tangerines and Tea, My Grandparents and Me, which Nick Jr. Family Magazine named Best Alphabet Book of the year, and Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine named one of six Best Books for 2005 and included in their list of Teacher’s Picks.

9 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.

  5. Enjoyed meeting you last night and finding some of your essays online NYT and Rumpus. Beautifully written with eloquent simplicity and superb choice of details.

  6. I came across your piece, “Love, Eventually” in 2017 and have always meant to read more of your works. It just took me 2 years 🙂 as I have been consumed by caring for my own 4 year old son who has right hemiplegia from a stroke in utero. I finally listened to your book on Audible. It was touching and inspiring to me as a mother of 4 and 6 year olds. Most importantly, it gives me a little insight into the world my son lives in but cannot yet describe. My greatest hope for him is to grow up comfortable, confident, and able to “do it his own way” (actually, it’s the same goal as for my daughter too, who does not have hemiplegia 🙂 Thank you for your words.

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