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Bill Ransom's Jaguar was recently re-released from WordFire Press, as were ViraVax and Burn, where fundamentalists create a too-perfect killer virus and a new Adam and Eve. He co-authored the three-novel Pandora series with Frank Herbert (The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect and The Ascension Factor, all available from WordFire Press as ebook or in print). 
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Blue Begonia Press published his latest poetry collection, The Woman and the War Baby.  Order at:    

Bill Ransom

was born in Puyallup, Washington, in 1945, and he began employment at the age of eleven as a farmworker. He attended Washington State University on track and boxing scholarships, and the University of Puget Sound on a track scholarship. He received his BA in Sociology and English Education from the University of Washington, and his MA in English and Folklore from Utah State University.

From 1965 to 1970 Ransom worked as an expeditor on a Quick Engine Change team, building and repairing military and commercial jet engines. He studied American Minority Literature and Old and Middle English on an NDEA Title IV fellowship at the University of Nevada, Reno, then began a pilot project with the Poetry in the Schools program in Washington State. He founded and directed the popular Port Townsend Writers' Conference for Centrum and appeared in two feature films: An Officer and a Gentleman and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (CBS).

He was a firefighter, firefighting basic training instructor, and CPR instructor for six years; and an Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Technician for ten years in Jefferson County, Washington. He volunteers with humanitarian groups in Central America.

Ransom has published six novels, six poetry collections, numerous short stories and articles. Learning the Ropes (Utah State University Press), a hybrid collection of poetry, short fiction and essays, was billed as "a creative autobiography." Three of his short stories from this collection have been selections of the PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Project, often called "The Pulitzer Prize of the Short Story": "Uncle Hungry," "What Elena Said" and "Learning the Ropes." These appeared in the Sunday magazine editions of major newspapers around the country; circulation, ten million.

His poetry has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award (Finding True North & Critter, Copper Canyon Press, 1973).  Twice he was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and residencies at Centrum, an arts foundation in Port Townsend, WA. 

 Recent poetry appears in Puerto del Sol, Conversations Across Borders, Weathered Pages, Oregon Literary Review and New Poets of the American West. Collaborative “translations” of the contemporary Chinese poet Zhang Er appear in Manoa. With Richard Landerman, he wrote screenplays of his novels Jaguar, ViraVax and Burn.
Contact Bill at:  (AT=@ to deter robots)
                               or PO Box 476, Grayland WA 98547-0476