Alan Simmons was twice recipient of Illinois Arts Council Awards, Poet-in-Residence, City of Chicago, 1979-80, and Founder of the WPA, World Poetry Association, and The Main Event, World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Fights, Chicago, Illinois - Taos, New Mexico, 1979-2001. He was nominated for a 2021 Rhysling Award. His work has recently appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Abyss & Apex, Kanstellation, Urban Arts, Illumen, The Novelette-Dark Fantasy, and The Reckoning. He lives in Alameda, California.
The barroom held a mahogany L-shaped bar that ran the length of the room backed by a tall mirror, and considering how rowdy the bar became on weekend nights, it was a miracle the mirror remained in one piece all the years I worked there.