Darius Simpson is a spoken word artist, writer, proud wearer of crocs, poet, and social justice advocate born in Akron, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. He is the author of Conversion Theory (2018), and uses poetry as a tool with which to heal, inform, and challenge his audience in their awareness of social, political, and economic oppression.
Darius is featured as a protagonist in the film Finding the Gold Within, a documentary by Karina Epperlein on what it means to be a young black male in America. He has appeared on a wide array of stages and including ABC News (WXYZ-TV), University of Akron's Black Male Summit, TEDxDetroit, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. His work has also been featured online via Huffington Post, Mic, Odyssey, Worldstar Hip Hop, and Button Poetry. In 2018 Darius made history as the first spoken word artist to open the annual Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, UK. His work has been promoted by Hollywood stars such as Ashton Kutcher and Kerry Washington. By intertwining personal narratives of life experience, humor, and historical events, he brings an authentically vulnerable voice to his poetry.