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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ronald Koertge  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1940 in Olney, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Koertge was born in Olney.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ron Koertge teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. A prolific writer, he has published widely in such seminal magazines as Kayak and Poetry Now. He is a contributor to many anthologies, such as Billy Collins’s ''Poetry 180'' and Kirby & Hamby’s ''Seriously Funny''. Koertge also writes fiction for teenagers, including many novels-in-verse. All were honored by the American Library Association and two received PEN awards. He is the recipient of grants from the NEA and the California Arts Council, and has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry. His poem, Negative Space, was created into a film short and nominated for an 2018 Academy Award - for Best Animated Short. Koertge currently resides in South Pasadena, California.

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-- American Library Association- Best Books for Young Adults, and many others.