“In this intense and compelling collection, Doug Ramspeck reveals how the heart persists in loving even those who are unlovable.”

—Vivian Shipley, Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor and author of An Archaeology of Days

“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

“In this intense and compelling collection, Doug Ramspeck reveals how the heart persists in loving even those who are unlovable.”

—Vivian Shipley, Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor and author of An Archaeology of Days

About Doug

Doug Ramspeck is the author of seven collections of poetry, one collection of short stories, and a novella. Recent books include Under Black Leaves (Etchings Press), Black Flowers (LSU Press), and The Owl That Carries Us Away, 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 three-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. His short story, "Balloon," was listed as a Distinguished Story of 2018 by The Best American Short Stories.

Latest Blog Post

The Art of Stealing for Fiction Writers and Poets

August 5, 2021

OK: two things are clearly true.

There are no new stories.

 We want our stories to feel fresh and new.

The key that follows, then, is to overcome the contradiction.

News & Events

A new poetry collection, Book of Years, will be published by Cloudbank Books in the summer of 2021.

Under Black Leaves (2020), a novella, has been published by Etchings Press (University of Indianapolis).

Distant Fires (2020), a collection of poetry, short fiction, and drama has been published by Grayson Books.

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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