Ralph Angel

Born: 1951

Born in Seattle, Washington, Ralph Angel earned a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine. Angel’s spare lyrics are set in an urban landscape that seems timeless, universal, and historical. Angel commented in the “Afterword” to Poem of the Deep Song: “I come from a household of three languages—Ladino, Hebrew, and English—one that I could understand but not speak, one that I could sing but not understand, and one that is the language of my country, at some distance, always, from my home.” Angel received many awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Bess Hokin Award of the Modern Poetry Association. He taught at University of Redlands and in the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lived in Los Angeles for many years, until his death in early 2020. Source