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Ralph Mills

Born: December 16, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: August 18, 2007 in Park Ridge, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Mills was a native Chicagoan.

Biography: Ralph Mills Jr., was an acclaimed poet, scholar and professor. His literary ambitions date to his college years at Lake Forest College; he studied English and published his early work in Tusitala, the College’s literary magazine. After graduation, Mills earned an MA and PhD in English from Northwestern University and studied at Oxford. He led a distinguished academic career, teaching first at the University of Chicago and later becoming the first director of graduate studies in English at the University of Illinois–Chicago, where he taught modern literature and creative writing for more than 30 years.

  • Carl Sandburg Prize for Poetry, 1984, for March Light.

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Ralph Mills on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A while /
ISBN: 0944024130 OCLC: 20324298

Spoon River Poetry Press, Peoria, Ill. : 1989.

A window in air :
ISBN: 1559210737 OCLC: 27035602

Asphodel Press, Moyer Bell ; Wakefield, R.I. : 1993.

Each branch :
ISBN: 0933180896 OCLC: 15140069

Spoon River Poetry Press, Peoria, Ill. : 1986.

  For a day :
ISBN: 0933180691 OCLC: 12102123

Spoon River Poetry Press, Peoria, Ill. : ©1985.

Grasses standing :
ISBN: 1559212454 OCLC: 42603168

Asphodel Press, Wakefield, R.I. : ©2000.

In wind's edge :
ISBN: 1559211873 OCLC: 35637625

Asphodel Press/Moyer Bell ; Wakefield, R.I. : ©1997.

Living with distance /
ISBN: 0918526183 OCLC: 5906355

  March light /
ISBN: 0935552154 OCLC: 9869235

Sparrow Press, West Lafayette, Ind. : ©1983.