A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
“Vox Populi: A Gazette of the Left”
Vox Populi, founded in April 2014, is a community of writers, artists, teachers and activists who share a vision of what American life is and what it could be. By exposing problems and proposing solutions, we are part of a growing movement in America that believes in environmental responsibility, empowerment of the disadvantaged, peaceful co-existence, and reform of the corrupt institutions that put the short term interests of the few over the long term needs of the many. These topics, which are interdependent, are explored through poetry, journalism, personal essays, videos, music, and visual art that display a love of craft and a dedication to truth.
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Michael Simms, founder/editor, has been active in politics and poetry for over 40 years as a writer, teacher, editor, and community activist. He is the founder of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He’s also the author of four collections of poetry and a college textbook about poetry — and the lead editor of over 100 published books. Simms has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University. He lives with his wife, Eva, and their two children in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking the city of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Nisha Gupta, co-founder, earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University. Her research is focused on psychopolitics: the psychological impact of worldwide social injustices. She explores the use of art and social media as interventions to foster societal empathy and bridge differences.
Contributing Editors: Doug Anderson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mel Packer, Briget Shields, Eva-Maria Simms, Nicholas Simms, Philip Terman, John Samuel Tieman, Arlene Weiner
Website designer: Joseph Carreno
Regular Contributors: Doug Anderson, Jenne’ Andrews, W.J. Astore, Robert Lee Baily, Joan E. Bauer, Peter Blair, Adrian Blevins, Chana Bloch, Deborah Bogen, Ace Boggess, Daniel Burston, Noam Chomsky, Daniel R. Cobb, Kate Daniels, Stephen Dobyns, Tom Engelhardt, Chard De Niord, Deirdre Fulton, Vanessa German, Andrea Germanos, Michael Greger MD, Nisha Gupta, Sam Hamill, Chris Hedges, Marc Jampole, Kogonada, Gail Langstroth, Sarah Lazare, Djelloul Marbrook, Lauren McCauley, Leslie McGrath, George Monbiot, Bill Moyers, Majid Naficy, Tashi Nyima, Naomi Shihab Nye, Patricia A. Nugent, Robert Okaji, Mel Packer, Jose Padua, Andy Piascik, Dawn Potter, Nadia Prupis, Robert Reich, Briget Shields, Eva-Maria Simms, Michael Simms, Rebecca Solnit, Kareem Tayyar, Kate Tempest, Philip Terman, John Samuel Tieman, Clifford Thompson, George Yancy, Michael T. Young, Tony Zhou, Andrena Zawinski, Abby Zimet.
Protestors on Smithfield Bridge, Pittsburgh, December 2014
(photograph by Robert Lee Bailey)