He has taught at universities including Columbia, the University of California-Berkeley, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
He also briefly taught at The Stony Brook School prior to his retirement.
Poet Mark Jarman hailed Simpson as "a poet of the American character and vernacular." Simpson lived on the north shore of Long Island, near Stony Brook.
The competition provides the opportunity for young South Australians to examine and empathise with the remarkable sacrifices of South Australian service men and women during the 20th century.
His first book was The Arrivistes, published in 1949.
It was hailed for its strong formal verse, but Simpson later moved away from the style of his early successes and embraced a spare brand of free verse.
Read more about the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize.
The Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition is a short film, photography and writing competition run specifically for South Australians during the Anzac Centenary.
Prizes Short Film – 0 store voucher Photography – 0 store voucher Creative Writing/Poetry – 2 x 0 store voucher Grand Prize A grand prize of a trip for two to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will be offered to an overall outstanding entry from either of the three categories.
This entry does not need to win its category to be awarded the overall prize.