Kareem (K.A.) Antonio Simpson (American, b. 1978) is an author whose work challenges the notion of societal norms. His work has been published and exhibited across the USA and throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. 


Simpson is the author of Chronicles of a Boy Misunderstood (2013), an eye-opening look into the life of Black gay men. The fictional stories of each speaks freely about what it was like growing up as a Black gay man and how those experiences dictate how hard and long we love. The four stories boldly address controversial issues under specific topics including slavery, love, class, social status, racism and the LGBTQ community, spanning decades, while unraveling an untold secret.


Simpson is also the founder and chief imagination officer of SparkLight Creative Group, a small personal and professional development agency that works with individuals, small businesses, AND nonprofits on a higher level to create space for growth.


Simpson’s work has been placed in timeless collections like the Northern Kentucky Encyclopedia and been exhibited at Railvolution’s 2012 National Conference in Los Angeles and Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2006 Annual Conference. More recently, Simpson’s work can be found in local Greater Cincinnati online publications like SoapBox Cincinnati, NKY Thrives and the River City News. 

Just recently, Simpson was awarded the 2020 President’s Award, presented by the Northern Kentucky N.A.A.C.P. for, “his tireless effort to elevate the region’s Black community through personal and professional development and bringing their marginalized stories to life”. In addition, Simpson received the 2020 "Heart of the Community Award", presented by the Center for Great Neighborhoods for "giving tirelessly of his time and talents to organizations committed to bettering Covington and the lives of its people".  


This is Why I Vote - Cincinnati Black PRIDE, Panelist 

Oct 20, 2020 

Eastside Cultural Organizing w/KY RUX

October 13, 2018 - The Carnegie, 2pm

An Evening w/K.A. Simpson

April 17, 2018 - KCPL Library - Covington Branch, 7pm

Promoting Diversity in Museums

April 16, 2018 - Ohio Museum Association Annual Conference, Dayton, OH 

Margaret Garner: The Mystery Behind Murder

February 11, 2018 - KCPL Library - Covington Branch, 2pm / VIDEO

February 13, 2018 - McNicholas Highschool, 11am

February 28, 2018 - Taft Museum of Art, 12 pm

GLSEN Greater Cincinnati Youth Summit

October 29, 2016 - Presenting Author (Highland Heights, KY)

Local Fiction Writers - Books By The Banks 

October 15, 2016 - Moderator - (Cincinnati, OH)

Poverty and Child Health in Urban Communities

November 6, 2015 - Featured Panelist Cincinnati, OH)


Shout It Out: Tell Your Story

October 24, 2015 - Presenter (Highland Heights, KY)


Social Media and Digital Marketing for Writers

October 12, 2013 - Featured Panelist (Cincinnati, OH)

Triple Threat: Being Young Gay and Black In America

September 21, 2013 - Presenter (Highland Heights, KY)


Infill/Refill: Capturing Opportunity While Managing Change

October 16, 2012 - Railvolution Annul Conference, Los Angeles, CA