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Ralph Culver was born in Champaign, Illinois in 1952 and grew up in Pittsburgh. Since 1970, apart from a couple of years in New York City, he has lived in Vermont. He studied creative writing and literature at Goddard College, the New School, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His poetry, fiction, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, and he is a past grantee in poetry of the Vermont Arts Council and nominee for a Pushcart Prize. In 2012, he received the Anabiosis Press Chapbook Prize for his highly praised collection "Both Distances" (Anabiosis Press, 2013). He is a popular lecturer and reader of his work, and has given many poetry readings in public spaces over the years. Culver is owner and principal of Letter-perfect Writing and Editorial Services, working with commercial businesses and nonprofits throughout North America on their writing needs. He is a longtime resident of Burlington, Vermont.