Ralph Angel

Ralph Angel in 2008. Photo by Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. Licensed via Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Ralph Angel
Born 1951
Occupation Professor of English and creative writing, University of Redlands
Notable work(s) Exceptions and Melancholies
Notable award(s) 2007 PEN USA Literary Award

Ralph Angel (born 1951) is an American poet and translator.


Youth and educationEdit

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Angel attended inner-city public schools there, then worked on freight trains for the Union Pacific Railroad as he earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Washington. Later he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.[1]


He is an Edith R. White Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Redlands, and a member of the MFA Program in Writing faculty at Vermont College. Angel also was the featured poet of the Spring 2005 issue of Poetry Magazine.[2]


  • 2007 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry for "Exceptions and Melancholies"
  • Pushcart Prize
  • An award from the Fulbright Foundation
  • An award from The Modern Poetry Association
  • A gift from the Elgin Cox Trust
  • His "Shadow Play" (which originally appeared in Poetry) was included in The Best American Poetry 1988
  • Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, 2003[2]



  • History. San Diego, CA: Anxious Press, 1982.
  • Anxious Latitudes. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1986.
  • Neither World: Poems. Oxford, OH: Miami University Press, 1995.
  • Twice Removed: Poems. Louisville, KY: Sarabande, 2001.
  • Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems, 1986-2006. Louisville, KY: Sarabande, 2006.
  • Your Moon. Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues / Western Michigan University, 2014.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit

Ralph Angel reads Untitled at AWP Conference for American Hybrid reading

Ralph Angel reads Untitled at AWP Conference for American Hybrid reading

List of U.S. poets


  1. "PIP Biographies: Ralph Angel (USA) 1951", Green Integer. Web, Jan. 21, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] Web page titled "Ralph Angel" at the Poetry Magazine Web site
  3. Search results = au:Ralph Angel, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 19, 2014.

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