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“In his powerful new book of poems, Black Flowers, Doug Ramspeck forges a ghostic language of the natural order... A deeply beautiful book.”

—Bruce Bond, author of Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems, 1997-2015

“Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling.”

—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review)

About Doug

Doug Ramspeck is the author of six collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. Recent books include Black Flowers (2018), published by LSU Press, and The Owl That Carries Us Away (2018), winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. His poems and stories have appeared in literary journals that include Kenyon Review, Slate, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and Missouri Review. He is a two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

Latest Blog Post

The Surprising Flora and Fauna of Writer’s Block

September 8, 2019

I have had my share. More than, actually. After I earned my MFA, I spent nearly twenty years producing very little work, and none that satisfied me (or anyone else). Often, in fact, I was like Joseph Grand in The Plague (Camus) who could never get past the first sentence of his novel. That’s the familiar kind of writer’s block. Still, there are other forms that receive less attention . . .

News & Events

Distant Fires, my collection of poetry, short fiction, and drama has been selected by Robert Cording for the 2019 Grayson Books Poetry Contest. The book will appear in 2020.

Grateful to learn that my short story, “Balloon,” which appeared in The South Carolina Review (vol. 51.1), was listed as a Distinguished Story of 2018 in The Best American Short Stories 2019, edited by Anthony Doerr and Heidi Pitlor.


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