ron_koertgeRon Koertge is an award-winning author of over 19 novels and 16 books of poetry. Ron’s poetry has been included twice in The Best American Poetry. He won multiple ALA awards for his YA fiction and has gotten several Booklist started reviews. He also received the P.E.N. prize for his book “Stoner and Spaz”, a N.E.A. fellowship for poetry, as well as a California Arts Council Grant. Ron’s Red Hen Press poetry books include “Indigo,” “Fever,” and “The Ogre’s Wife.” His University of Arkansas Press poetry books include “Geography Of the Forehead” and “Making Love to Roget’s Wife.” Some of his Young Adult novels include the following books published by Candlewick Press: “Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses”, which appeared on the NY Times best books of 2012 list, “Now Playing: Stoner and Spaz II”, “Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs”, “Margaux With An X”, “Shakespeare Bats Cleanup”, and “Where The Kissing Never Stops”. Ron was a staff writer for one season of “Hill Street Blues.” He taught writing and English literature for more than 35 years at Pasadena City College and taught at the MFA program at Vermont College for four years. He now teaches in the MFA program at Hamline University. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MA from the University of Arizona.