“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

Upcoming Poetry Reading: Penn State Erie, Metzgar Center, 5:30-7:00 PM, September 26, 2019.

Two poems, “Shell Casings” and “The Maps of the World,” appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of The Southern Review. Thank you to Jessica Faust for accepting the poems.

A review of Black Flowers appeared in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Poet Lore.

A poem, “Numerology,” appeared in volume 68.2 of Epoch (Cornell). Thank you to Nancy Viera Couto for accepting the poem.

Also by Doug Rampseck