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This photo was taken by my beloved friend Henry Goldshlag whom the world lost on March 26, 2012. Henry, I miss you every day.

 My husband, Dan Simpson and I had the honor of being interviewed by the amazing Beth Kephart for Juncture Notes, her lovely monthly reflection on writing and reading memoir (and memoiristic poetry.)
I had a great conversation with Joan Buckley on her WHPC radio show, Your Family’s Health.
So pleased that my Essay, Love, Eventually was translated into Serbian.
I’m thrilled that my essay, It’s Time, which appeared in The Rumpus, has been named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2016!
My Life as an audio book!
My brief memoir, On the Whole: a Story of Mothering and Disability, is available on Audible!
I’m honored to be the featured poet for October 1, 2014 on The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival Blog. Thank you, Victoria Russell for writing such a beautiful post about my work.
Author photo by Ethan photo 2
On the Whole received a lovely mention along with six other great ‘momoirs’ from Shebooks on BlogHer.
Read an interview with Shebooks where I share my thoughts on writing, chick lit, childhood and the challenges of parenting with cerebral palsy.

Ona and Ethan

Other News

My poetry manuscript “Geode” was chosen as a finalist for the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award.

 My poem, Exodus, placed second for Lilith Magazine’s 2009 Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition.

My essay, On the Whole, placed second for Bellingham Review’s 2008 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and was reprinted in The Utne Reader as The Body Divided in their 25th Anniversary Issue.

 My poem, In a Campus Library, was included in the 2010 Her Mark Calendar, a date book featuring women’s poetry and art from Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

her mark


 A Review of Geode by Ginny Kaczmarek in Literary Mama:

Literary Mama Review

A  Review of On the Whole by Anne Kaier in Wordgathering:

Wordgathering Review

 A review of my work in Dispoet, a blog for and about poets with disabilities:

Dispoet Review

 Print Journals Where My Work Has Appeared

The New York Times, February 12, 2017 (nonfiction).

Pentimento: Winter 2015-2016 issue, (nonfiction).

Nine Mile Magazine: Spring 2016 (poetry).

Ploughshares: Winter 2012 issue, (poetry).

Tiferet: a Journal of Spiritual Literature, August 2010 issue,


New York Family Magazine, August 2010 issue, (nonfiction).

Seneca Review, Fall 2009/Spring 2010 special issue,

The Lyric Body (poetry).

New York Family Magazine, February 2010 issue, (nonfiction).

More Magazine, October 2009 issue, (nonfiction).

The Utne Reader, September/October 2009 issue, (nonfiction).

Concise Delight, Summer 2009 issue, (poetry).

The Raintown Review, Summer 2009 issue, (poetry).

Lilith Magazine, Summer 2009 issue, (poetry).

Bellingham Review, Spring 2009 issue, (nonfiction).

The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Spring 2008 issue, (poetry). 

New York Family Magazine, September 2008 issue, (nonfiction).

Bellevue Literary Review, fall 2008 issue, (poetry).


Feel free to contact me for freelance writing, book signings, readings, and to teach writing workshops in Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey.