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Doug Ramspeck is the author of seven collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. His latest books include Distant Fires (Grayson Books, 2020), and Black Flowers (LSU Press, 2018). Other books are The Owl That Carries Us Away (2018), winner of the 2016 G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, and Original Bodies (2016), winner of the Michael Waters Poetry Prize and published by Southern Indiana Review Press. He is also the author of Mechanical Fireflies (2011), selected by Mary Ruefle for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Book Prize, Possum Nocturne (2010), and Black Tupelo Country (2008), which received the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. His chapbook, Where We Come From, appeared in 2009.

Hundreds of Ramspeck’s poems have been published by literary journals that include The Kenyon Review, Slate, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and The Missouri Review. His short fiction has appeared in Southwest Review, Iowa Review, Narrative, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, South Carolina Review, and many others.

He is a three-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, a finalist for the UNT Rilke Prize, and the winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction.

A professor at The Ohio State University at Lima, he teaches creative writing and literature. He is also the English Program Coordinator and the faculty advisor for the online journal Asterism. Student editors produce a yearly showcase of poetry and fiction by undergraduates from across the country and beyond.

Married to Beth Sutton-Ramspeck—a Victorianist and Harry Potter scholar—Ramspeck lives in Lima, Ohio. A grown daughter, Lee, teaches third and fourth grades for a Montessori public school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Other members of the Lima household include Siri (a dog named for Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series, not for the virtual assistant), and Reggie (a cat named for Regulus Black).