Wednesday, January 1, 2014


A New Year gift to me came today (1-1-14) in the body 
of this e mail regarding American Life in Poetry ( A Project 
For Newspapers by Ted Kooser)

Dear Ms. Simpson,

I wanted to let you know that your poem will be released to our website,, next Monday, January 9.  Newspapers carrying the column will download it as a PDF and run it according to their usual print schedules.  Current readership is about 3,000,000 per week.

In addition, a large number of readers receive the column via free e-mail subscription.  We’ve heard from some of them in such places as Nepal, Indonesia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Egypt, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, most of Europe, Mexico, Korea, India The Philippines, Turkey, Viet Nam, China, Canada, the U.K., Sweden and Myanmar, as well as U.S. Readers from Maine to Hawaii.

None of this would happen, of course, without the cooperation of the poets who so generously allow us to reprint their work.  Thank you once again!

Kind regards,

Pat Emile

Patricia H. Emile, Ph.D.
Assistant Editor
American Life in Poetry
338E Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE  68588-0320


Glenda C. Beall said...

Congratulations, Nancy. I subscribe to Ted Kooser's newsletter and I will enjoy reading this poem again.

Nancy Simpson said...

Thanks Glenda. I did not know anyone who subscribes to this amazing site. I used to get the column in the Atlanta Journal. I am overjoyed at receiving this honor. "Pink Pantsuit" is such a lesser poem, merely light verse in my understanding of poetry. I have no clue why it got chosen as opposed to a poem from deep down. I know Ted Kooser is trying to invite readers to read poems at a time when there are fewer American readers alive and reading. "Pink Pantsuit" is that kind of poem, I will admit. Hopefully, a chuckle will ripple up out of the reader's throat.

Maren O. Mitchell said...

Congratulations, Nancy! What an honor for any of your poems. That pantsuit had a mind of its own!

Rana Williams said...

Great!! I enjoyed reading this poem again.

Thank you.