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Darius Simpson is a writer, educator, performance artist, disruptor, and skilled living room dancer from Akron, Ohio. He received his BA in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. He is a two-time finalist at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). Darius is a candidate for his MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Mills College. He’s partnered with a number of organizations as a Teaching Artist and Coach to engage with young people all over the Bay Area including: SF Jazz, Youth Speaks, and Oakland School for the Arts. His work is featured on platforms such as Huffington Post, Mic, TEDx, Button Poetry, as well as others. Darius's writing illustrates his complicated relationship with his Black body, family & distance, memory, and explores the humanity in systemically dehumanized, and otherwise oppressed, people.