|Literary and Visual Artist
|Montreal, QC, Canada
|Canadian literary and visual artist, Simon Occulis was born Brandon Pitts in Los Angeles, California. Shaped by teenage years spent in Richland, Washington, epicenter of America’s cold war offensive where his high school logo was an image of the Mushroom Cloud over Nagasaki, his art evolved into a unique assessment of our times. After immigrating to Canada, Occulis rose as an influential force in Toronto’s Gadist literary movement, being cited as an “Emerging Voice” by the Diaspora Dialogues in 2011. Backed by electrifying poetry recitals in Canada, the United States, and Europe, Occulis’ three poetry books, written as Brandon Pitts: Pressure to Sing, Tender in Age of Fury, and In the Company of Crows, received both popular and critical acclaim. Each book enjoys a cult following and has gone into multiple pressings. The Gospel of Now is the debut of Occulis and the first of a series of projects under this new artistic identity. Occulis now lives in Montreal.