Born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, Richard Hague knows well the issues surrounding steel and coal
production. Maurice Manning has identified him as ”a naturalist who comes from a landscape that has suffered the systematic removal of Nature.” Hague chronicles such loss, as well as the role community can play in mitigating it, in various genres, primarily poetry, but including creative non-fiction prose and mixed media. His collections include Ripening (2004), Possible Debris (1988), Mill and Smoke Marrow (1991), Alive in Hard Country (2003), The Time It Takes Light (2004), and Public Hearings (2009). His most recent collection of new and selected poems, During the Recent Extinctions (2012), won the Weatherford Award in Poetry from the Appalachian Studies Association. Hague’s many other awards include Co-Poet of the Year in Ohio 1985, 2003 Poetry Book of the Year from the Appalachian Writers Association, Sow’s Ear Poetry Prize, President’s Award in Poetry from Ohio Journal, and the Black Swamp Poetry Prize. Hague attended Xavier University in Cincinnati and began teaching at Purcell Marian High School in 1969. His writing program and its students have won numerous awards. Hague has also been on the faculty at Edgecliff College, Xavier University, Thomas More College, and Northeastern University. He is an active member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.