He has authored 6 collections of poetry, and published in magazines including The Atlantic and the Kenyon Review. For a time he edited Crazyhorse magazine. He teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock .
His 2001 collection Ghost Notes won the Field Poetry Prize. Other awards Burns has won include the Great Lakes Colleges Award for the Best First Book in Poetry (for US), the Mountains of Minnesota Award (for Windy Tuesday Nights), and the Iowa Poetry Prize (for Swamp Candles). He has received 2 fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Us. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1983.
- Windy Tuesday Nights. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1984.
- Any Given Day. University, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1985.
- Mozart's Starling. Athens, OH: Ohio Review Books, 1990.
- Swamp Candles: Poems. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1996.
- Ghost Notes. Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College Press, 2001.
- Ralph Burns profile & 7 poems at the Academy of American Poets.
- Ralph Burns poems at Perihelion.
- Ralph Burns at PoemHunter (7 poems).
- Online Poetry Web Site, taught by Burns
- Ralph Burns at Amazon.com
Ralph Burns, Professor of English" at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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