Ran Diego Russell

Poet, Fiction Writer

Golden, CO
Colorado US

Author's Bio

Ran Diego Russell is Professor Emeritus in English of Front Range Community College. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and one craft brewing magazine. He and his writing are products of wide reading but also living nomadically throughout the Rocky Mountain West and copious time spent in Japan and Central America.  In addition to teaching creative writing, composition, film, ESL, and literature in colleges, his work background includes many years on farms and ranches, in orchards and factories, and on construction sites.

Publications & Prizes


Oyez Review
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The RavensPerch
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Write Launch


Journals: ,
Black River Review
Brussels Sprout
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Connecticut River Review
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Piedmont Literary Review
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The Comstock Review
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize Nominee (Tar River Poetry, 2023).

Special Merit in Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Contest (The Comstock Review, 2019).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Kobo Abe, Charles Baxter, Jorge Luis Borges, Richard Brautigan, Albert Camus, Raymond Carver, Michael Chabon, Billy Collins, Andre Dubus, John Fowles, Ellen Gilchrist, Herman Hesse, Barbara Hamby, Knut Hamsun, Dermot Healy, Seamus Heaney, Ha Jin, Thom Jones, James Joyce, Jack Kerouac, Maxine Kumin, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Henry Miller, Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Vladimir Nabokov, Pablo Neruda, Flann O'Brien, Tim O'Brien, Mary Oliver, Michael Ondaatje, Joseph O'Connor, Annie Proulx, J.D. Salinger, Richard Selzer, W. Shakespeare, William Stafford, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Robert Walser, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, James Wright.
What I'm reading now: 
Blindness by Jose Sarmago, Numbers in the Dark by Italo Calvino, The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
European American
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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Moab, UT
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Last update: Jan 12, 2024