Ron Slate has returned to creative writing after more than twenty years as a corporate communications executive. His book, The Incentive of the Maggot (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), won the Levis Reading Prize for the best first or second book of poetry, and prior to its publication, the book’s manuscript won the 2004 Bakeless Poetry Prize. A resident of Milton, Massachusetts, Slate is founder of The Chowder Review, and he edited the literary journal from 1973 to 1988. He earned an MA degree in creative writing from Stanford in 1973, and also studied literature at the University of Wisconsin. During his early years as a poet, Slate had works published in Antaeus, The Georgia Review, and Poetry Northwest. Slate also was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award, and for the Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.
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