Bin Ramke, GPC 1999-2000
Bin Ramke grew up in east Texas and south Louisiana. Once a
serious student of mathematics, he attended the University of Louisiana as
an undergraduate where he switched to literature, then earned a PhD in
English, Creative Writing, from the University of Ohio. The author of nine
poetry collections, Ramke's first book, The
Difference Between Night and Day, was awarded the 1978 Yale
Younger Poets Award. Among his other titles are White Monkeys (University of Georgia, 1981); The Language Student (Louisiana State University, 1986); The Erotic Light of Gardens (1989); Massacre of the Innocents (University
of Iowa, 1995); Wake
(University of Iowa, 1999); one of the first Kuhl House Poets books, Airs, Waters, Places (University
of Iowa, 2001); Matter (University of
Iowa, 2004), and Tendril
(Omnidawn, 2007). His most recent collection is Theory of Mind: New and Selected Poems 1978-2008 (Omnidawn, 2009). Ramke
holds the Phipps Chair in English at the University of Denver, where he teaches
literature and creative writing and also edits the Denver Quarterly. Before moving to Denver, he
taught a number of years at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. In
recent years, he has also taught on occasion at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago.
"Arcade: The Search for a Sufficient Landscape," "Better Late than Never," "Chivalric," "Cinema Verité," "Melting Pot," "The Center for Atmospheric Research," "Trouble Deaf Heaven"
"Nothing Prior to Anything," "Hear Here," and "Poor in World," Tarpaulin Sky (Fall/Winter 2006)
"Anomalies of Water," "Custody of the Eyes," "How It Feels, and Why," Salt Magazine
"Was It Fallen It Was a Floating World" and "It Was Fallen It Was a Floating World"
"Thou Hast Blessed the Work of His Hands," The Boston Review (December 2003/January 2004)
"Noble Riders: A Profile of Bin Ramke," Poets & Writers September/October 2007