Book of Years is a truly compelling collection.”

—Christopher Buckley, author of Pre-Eternity of the World

“With a storyteller’s perfect pitch and a pilgrim’s restless eye, Ramspeck plumbs the ever present now of memory in poems that are alive to mystery.”

—Annie Kim, author of Eros, Unbroken

About Doug

Doug Ramspeck is the author of nine collections of poetry, one collection of short stories, and a novella. Recent books include Book of Years (Cloudbank Books), 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 Mysterious Distinctive Voice in Poetry

February 18, 2022

For years I read the same thing: editors wanted new and distinctive voices. I always figured this was probably just shorthand for “good,” for whatever technical and subject-matter choices struck readers as appealing.
OK: I was wrong. I get it now.

News & Events

Blur, my latest book of poems, has been selected by Lauren Camp for the 2021 Tenth Gate Prize. The book will be published by The Work Works in 2023. Thank you to Lauren Camp, Kasey Jueds, and Nancy White.

“Snow Crow” received First Place in the Bath Flash Fiction 19th Award.

My poetry collection, Book of Years (2021), has now been published by Cloudbank Books.

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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