Al Simmons

Al Simmons attended and edited Northeastern Illinois University Press, in Chicago, winning two Illinois Arts Council Awards in the process. Poet-In-Residence, City of Chicago, 1979-80. Founder of the Blue Store Readings, home of the Spoken Word Movement and creator of the Main Event, the World Heavyweight Poetry Championship Fights, and The World Poetry Association, (WPA), Commissioner of the WPA and the World Poetry Bout Association, (WPBA), Chicago, Taos, New Mexico, 1979 – 2002. Publications include Care Free, poems, Smithereens Press, Bolinas, California, 1982, and King Blue, Stone Wind Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1992.