Randy Koch


Walnut Grove, MN 56180

Author's Bio

Randy Koch worked at a stockyard and a nursing home for ten years before earning an MA in fiction writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MFA in poetry writing at the University of Wyoming. He taught community college and university courses in composition and creative writing in Minnesota, Texas, and Pennsylvania and volunteered as a creative writing instructor at the federal prison in Rochester, MN. He’s the author of two collections of poems, Composing Ourselves (Fithian Press, 2002) and This Splintered Horse (Finishing Line Press, 2011), and is a longtime columnist for LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. His poems have appeared in Revista Interamericana, The Caribbean Writer, J Journal, Measure, Passages North, The Texas Observer, Chiricú Journal, and many others. He’s currently circulating a manuscript of dramatic monologues about the Spanish conquest of the Americas, titled Against the Risen Flesh, and is working on a memoir about indecision, infatuations, and incarceration.

Publications & Prizes

Composing Ourselves: Sonnets about Teaching Composition on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Fithian Press, 2002)
This Splintered Horse (Finishing Line Press, 2011)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Dean Young, Art Spiegelman, H. D. Thoreau, Raymond Carver, Cormac McCarthy, Louise Erdrich, Joan Didion, Ilya Kaminsky, Seamus Heaney, Nick Flynn, Nick Hornby, Mary Karr, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Annie Dillard, John Gardner, David Treuer, Jane Hirshfield, Harper Lee, Günter Grass, William Least Heat-Moon, Tim O'Brien, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera, Michael Ondaatje, Antonio Skarmeta, etc.
What I'm reading now: 
Outline by Rachel Cusk, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present by Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters by Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen and Hans Luijten, eds.

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Born in: 
Sleepy Eye, MN
Raised in: 
Lamberton, MN
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Last update: May 22, 2021