Bill W.M. Ransom

P.O. Box 476
Grayland, WA 98547
Phone: 
360-589-6923

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

Books: 
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)
, Slight of Hand
(Far Cry Press, 2008)
, The Ascension Factor
(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1988)
, The Jesus Incident
(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1979)
, The Lazarus Effect
(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1982)
, The Woman and the War Baby
(Blue Begonia Press, 2010)
, ViraVax
(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995)
Anthologies: 
In Praise of Pedagogy
(Calendar Press, 2000)
, The Gift of Tongues
(Copper Canyon Press, 1996)
, Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem
(Longman Press, 1999)
, Weathered Pages
(Blue Begonia Press, 2005)
Journals: 
Carve, Kansas City Star, Manoa, Puerto del Sol, Seattle Review, Tendril, The Oregonian
Prizes Won: 
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

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Other
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
Spanish
Born in: 
Puyallup
Raised in: 
Puyallup, WA
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Last updated: Aug 16, 2016