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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ralph Mills  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: December 16, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: August 18, 2007 in Park Ridge, Illinois

-- Ralph Mills on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mills was a native Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.

Published Works

  • Living With Distance, Poems, Boa Editions, 1979
  • With No Answer, Poems, Juniper Books, 1980
  • (Editor) Open Between Us, Essays, Reviews and Interviews by David Ignatow, University of Michigan Press, 1980
  • March Light, Sparrow Press, 1983
  • For a Day, Poems, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1985
  • Each Branch, Poems 1976-1985, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1986
  • A While, Poems, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1989
  • A Window in Air, Poems, Moyer Bell, 1993
  • In Wind`s Edge, Poems, Publishers Group West, 1997
  • Grasses Standing, Selected Poems, Asphodel Press, 2000

Selected Titles At Your Library

Living with distance /
ISBN: 0918526183. OCLC Number:

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March light /
ISBN: 0935552154. OCLC Number:

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

For a day :
ISBN: 0933180691. OCLC Number:

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

Each branch :
ISBN: 0933180896. OCLC Number:

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

A while /
ISBN: 0944024130. OCLC Number:

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

A window in air :
ISBN: 1559210737. OCLC Number:

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

In wind's edge :
ISBN: 1559211873. OCLC Number:

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

Grasses standing :
ISBN: 1559212454. OCLC Number:

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


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

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