“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
Doug Ramspeck is the author of seven collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. Recent books include Distant Fires, winner of the Grayson Books Poetry Prize, Black Flowers, published by 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.
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Short stories and essays, many believe, are nothing alike. And there are good reasons to believe this. Surely it follows, then, that thinking about a short story in the same way as we think about an essay is unhelpful. The exact opposite has the case for me. For decades in the college classroom, I taught…
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Distant Fires (2020), my 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.