Elizabeth Simson Durant has been in love with poetry since her mother first read her “The Highwayman” as a child. Her poems have appeared in over two dozen literary journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, Versal, Kalliope, Comstock Review, and Earth’s Daughters. Elizabeth’s first chapbook, “Sea Change,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005.

Although parenthood slowed her pace, Elizabeth still swims with the poemfish. She is the former Poetry Editor of Gertrude Press, a Portland-based literary small press showcasing the creative talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight supportive writers. Her volunteer work with Write Around Portland supports her belief that each person is a writer, with a spark of the Divine that they alone can bring to the world.

An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Elizabeth most recently served at First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. Elizabeth is wife to one amazing woman, “Mutti” to two amazing daughters, and staff to two exceedingly demanding cats. She lives in Portland, Oregon.