Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub
1214 Sansom Street.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 7pm
The Twin Poets (Al & Nnamdi) and Dan & Dave Simpson
Tutors, mentors, big brothers, community activist, leaders, scholars, summa cum laude grads, allies, soldiers, father-figures, artist, camp directors, counselors, historians, master social workers, non- profit administrators, brothers, friends, fathers, sons, – all of these titles can be summed to one: THE TWIN POETS. Not many who have witnessed a performance or read a poem by the Twin Poets (Al & Nnamdi) would deny that they have seen or felt the power. Their compassion and commitment for their words is only outdone by their work in the community.Inspired at an early age to write and express themselves and the depth of their messages has allowed them to be included in the prison poetry programs in DE, PA and NY and be featured on HBO’s Def Poetry, BET’s Lyric Café, the Kings of Poetry and NPR’s Poetic License. They have toured nationally and internationally most recently with the Poetically Incorrect Tour. Professionally, the brothers are master social workers and leaders within the non-profit sector; Nnamdi was recently elected to the Wilmington City Council and Al is the former Program Director for Project Stay Free (a community based juvenile probation/ re-entry program.) The brothers also founded Art For Life- a non profit arts centered youth development program based in Wilmington, DE.
Dan Simpson and his identical twin, Dave, were born blind in Williamsport, PA in 1952, attended the Overbrook School for the Blind and became two of the first blind students attend public school in Chester County to. Dan attended Muhlenberg College where he graduated Summa cum Laude and Class Salutatorian with a B.A. degree in music and English. Meanwhile, Dave majored in music and Spanish at Bucknell. Dan, who is a recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, earned an MA in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied poetry with Gregory Djanikian. Like his brother, he studied privately for several years with Molly Peacock. He has published in journals including Prairie Schooner, The Cortland Review, The Atlanta Review, The Louisville Review. Dan works for the Free Library of Philadelphia as an Access Technology Consultant and serves the Library of Congress as Technical Support Specialist for its braille and “talking book” download program. Dave received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University, where he studied poetry with Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, Gerald Stern, and William Mathews. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, River Styx, The Cortland Review. Dave and Dan released a CD of their poetry entitled Audio Chapbook. Jointly, Dave and Dan have read at venues which include The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s First-Person Festival, WXPN World Café, and on Whyy’s Radio Times with Marty Moss Coane. They each have a collection of poems slated for publication this year. Dan is working on a memoir and Dave is working on a one-person show.