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     Doug Ramspeck, born in 1953, has published three full-length collections of poetry, a chapbook, and several hundred poems since he began writing poetry in 2004. His first collection, Black Tupelo Country, received the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and is published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). His most recent book, Mechanical Fireflies, received the 2010 Barrow Street Press Book Prize. Another book, Possum Nocturne, is published by NorthShore Press. His chapbook, Where We Come From, is from March Street Press. His work has appeared in numerous journals that include EPOCH, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Greensboro Review, and Northwest Review. In 2009 he received an Individual Excellence Award in Poetry from the Ohio Arts Council. He directs the Writing Center and teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University at Lima. His lives in Lima with his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Lee.