Ralph Angel's 'Your Moon'


A reception will be held April 8 in the Alumni House in honor of Ralph Angel's new book of poetry, "Your Moon." Angel, an award-winning author and professor of creative writing at the University of Redlands, will also sign copies of his latest release.

"Your Moon" is Angel's fifth book of poetry, and receiving rave reviews.

"'Your Moon' is a book about owning life without the toxin of possession," William Olsen, editor-in-chief of New Issues, said. "This is the best book by a crucial poet of our time."

"Your Moon" won the 2013 Green Rose Poetry Prize. Angel's book "Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006" won the 2007 PEN USA Poetry Award, while his "Neither World" won the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets.

Angel's poems have appeared in scores of magazines and anthologies worldwide, and have received such prominent awards as a gift from the Elgin Cox Trust, a Pushcart Prize, a Gertrude Stein Award, the Willis Barnstone Poetry Translation Prize, a Fulbright Foundation fellowship and the Bess Hokin Award of the Modern Poetry Association. He is the Edith R. White Distinguished Professor at the University of Redlands and a member of the MFA in writing faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont.

Angel is able to balance writing poetry with teaching because he is so passionate about both.

"I make poems, and making poems, for me, is a way of life," he said. "It's like breathing or eating or taking a walk. Everything, including teaching, enriches and is informed by its process. And the life I've carved for myself keeps me focused on what it is to be alive, and on the condition of my own soul. So, I teach by example. It is my job to encourage students to become better human beings first, so that their creative aspirations might follow. No one can teach anyone how to make a great poem."

The reception will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Starla Strain at

Posted: March 21, 2014

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