Q. You’re Such a Disciplined Writer. Were You Always That Way? A. When I was in graduate school, I worked part-time at a local library. I ran the used bookstore in the basement. The money came in handy. There was plenty of time to study. I learned to know the regulars who talked about living with
Ron Koertge is a young adult novelist and the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Ogre's Wife (Red Hen Press, 2013); Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses (Candlewick Press, 2012); and Indigo (Red Hen Press, 2009). He has received honors from the American Library Association, the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN Foundation, among others. He lives in South Pasadena, California.