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Bill W.M. Ransom

Author's Bio

Six novels, three co-authored with Frank Herbert, four poetry collections, two hybrid collections--linked poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Pioneered Poets in the Schools in WA, ID, UT, WY, NV. Co-founded Centrum, an arts foundation in Washington State; invented and directed the popular Port Townsend Writer's Conference and Centrum's interdisciplinary youth programs. Recently retired as Dean of Curriculum at The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA.

Publications and Prizes

The Woman and the War Baby (Blue Begonia Press, 2010), Slight of Hand (Far Cry Press, 2008), Burn (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996), Finding True North (Utah State University Press, 1995), Jaguar (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995), Learning the Ropes (Utah State University Press, 1995), ViraVax (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995), The Ascension Factor (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1988), The Lazarus Effect (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1982), The Jesus Incident (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1979)
Weathered Pages (Blue Begonia Press, 2005), In Praise of Pedagogy (Calendar Press, 2000), Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem (Longman Press, 1999), The Gift of Tongues (Copper Canyon Press, 1996)
Carve, Kansas City Star, Manoa, Puerto del Sol, Seattle Review, Tendril, The Oregonian
NEA Discovery Award, Poetry NEA Fiction Award NDEA Fellowship in American Minority Literature Firefighter of the Year (threw it in for fun)1984/'85.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Only Time We Have by Samuel Green, The Violent Foam by Daisy Zamora, Another Kind of Nation: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry by Zheng Er and Chen Dongdong, W. S. Merwin by (Asian Figures), Other Heartbreaks by Patricia Henley
Favorite Books:
What Thou Lovest Well Remains American Death of the Kapowsin Tavern Lake's Edge Skins on the Earth Riding the Earthboy 40 Winter in the Blood Invisible Man The Outsider Soul Catcher Learning the Ropes The Woman and the War Baby
Favorite Authors:
Richard Hugo, William Stafford, Madeline deFrees, Kathleen West, James Masao Mitsui, Primus St. John, John Lane, Ana Ilce, B.Traven.

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Listing last updated: August 16, 2016

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Puyallup, WA
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Puyallup, WA
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