Ralph Pennel


Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts US

Author's Bio

Ralph Pennel is the author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In, published by Cervena Barva Press. Ralph’s writing has appeared in The Iowa Review, Ocean State Reveiw, Elm Leaves Journal, Literary Orphans, F(r)iction, Watershed Review, Tarpaulin Sky, The Cape Rock, Rain Taxi Review of Books and various other journals. Ralph is a founding editor and the fiction editor for the online literary journal, Midway Journal, and he is a former board member of the New England Poetry Club. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart, a Best of the Net Award, the Best Small Fictions Anthology, and he was twice a finalist for Somerville Poet Laureate. 

Publications & Prizes

Open to Interpretation (Taylor & O'Neill, 2014)
Open to Interpretation (Taylor & O'Neill, 2012)
Monologues from the Road (Heinemann Books, 1999)
A World Less Perfect for Dying In (Cervena Barva Press, 2015)
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Coffin Bell
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Ibbetson Street Press
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Literary Orphans
Ocean State Review
Rain Taxi
Reality Beach
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The Four Quarters Magazine
The Smoking Poet
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Unbound Press
Waterhouse Review
Watershed Review
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Nominated for a Best of the Net Award 2021; Semi-finalist, Digging Press Chapbook Contest, 2020; Nominated for Best Small Fiction Anthology, 2019; Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University, 2019; Nominated for a Pushcart, 2018; Finalist for Poet Laureate of Somerville, 2017; Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2015; Finalist for Poet Laureate of Somerville, 2014; Poet of the Moment, MassPoetry.org, 2013; Teacher of the Year, Globe University/Minnesota School of Business, 2008; First Place for Poetry, Kamelian, 1994; Honorable Mention, Davenport Poetry Contest, 1993.

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European American
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Manhattan , KS
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De Kalb, IL
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Last update: Sep 07, 2022