Poet, essayist, critic,
editor, disabled, eco-mystic.
Ricky Ray is the author of one full-length collection of poetry and two chapbooks: Fealty (Diode Editions, 2019); Quiet, Grit, Glory (Broken Sleep Books, 2020); and The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself (Fly on the Wall Press, 2020), a finalist for The Laurel Prize. He was educated at Columbia University and the Bennington Writing Seminars, and his awards include a Ron McFarland Poetry Prize, a Whisper River Poetry Prize, a Liam Rector Fellowship and a Zoeglossia Fellowship. His writing appears in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Waxwing, Salamander, The American Scholar and The Moth. He has lectured on poetry, animism and integral ecology at Harvard and Yale, and he lives with his wife and his old brown dog in the old green hills of the Hudson Valley.
“This book is the sermon we need after hours, when life’s sorrow overtakes our vision.”—Natalie Eilbert
“Poems of silent courage, softly spoken, with a generosity of spirit that opens out to everyone.” —Aaron Kent
“To read this book is to learn, just a little bit better, how to live.” —Devin Gael Kelly
The Sound of the Earth Singing to Herself (Fly on the Wall Press, 2020)