Mr. J. R. Simons earned his BFA and MA in Theatre from Kent State University and recently completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Ashland University. He has worked as a photo retailer and one-hour lab manager, a substitute teacher, a stagehand, an Inside Sales Representative and Department Manager for Vincent Lighting Systems and the Technical Director for Ashland University. Currently, he teaches English Composition, Theatre, and Dramatic Literature at Lorain County Community College and Lakeland Community College in Ohio.
He has directed high school and community theatre productions for Avon High School, Lorain County Community College, Elyria High School, Amherst Steele High School, Elyria Summer Theatre, Lorain County Children’s Pioneer Theatre, Aurora Community Theatre, Huntington Playhouse, Strongsville Community Theatre, Kent Stage Players and Sandstone Summer Theatre. Mr. Simons is a former State Board member for the Ohio Educational Theatre Association.
Mr. Simons has been married to his wonderful wife, Kim, since 1990. They are the proud parents of three children: Kelsey, Will and Hayley, and the proud owners of several pets: Sadie, the dog, and Ellie, the hamster.
His poems have been published in Graffiti, the monthly newsletter of Cleveland Area Mensa, of which he is a member, Apotheosis, the electronic journal of The Poetic Genius Society, and Common Threads, the semi-annual journal of the Ohio Poetry Association.
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Andrew Jackson: Zombie Killer
NaNoWriMo 2012 book. Last updated
After the attack and assassination attempt on his life by Richard Lawrence, who claims to be England's King Richard III who died 500 years earlier, President Andrew Jackson must hunt down his archnemesis, the New Orleans voodoo queen, Marie Laveaux, and stop her and her zombie army from overtaking the United States.
Deadly Birthday to You
An interactive, improvisational murder mystery for 1m, 4f. Gypsy fortuneteller, Topaz, is throwing a birthday party for her daughter, Amethyst Dickens, who is reluctant to introduce her friends to her eccentric Romany family. This script is filled with superstition and mysticism. Amethyst's happy birthday turns deadly very quickly. Perfect for a Festival of Fortune fund raising event.
A chapbook of poetry by Ohio poet and playwright, J. R. Simons.
This book was the 2nd Place winner in the Poetry category in the Sharp Writ Book Awards for 2011 and a Finalist in the Poetry category for the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
The Sword of Sifaris
The Elfin twin sister princesses of Elyre, Elwyna, the wizard, and Devlyn, the warrior, De'Mar'Que'Shah, are sent off on a dangerous mission to retrieve the legendary Sword of Sifaris by the human merchant, Abel Relona. Relona has designs on and plans for the sword. The sword, however, seems to have different ideas of its own.
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