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Ronald Moran Collection: Biography
Ronald Moran
"Anything looked at significantly is significant."- John Ciardi

Ronald Moran was born in Philadelphia but spent much of his youth in New Britain, Connecticut, where he moved when he was 10 years old. After earning his BA from Colby College, he received his MA and PhD from Louisiana State University. Though he did hold a faculty position at the University of North Carolina for nine years, he spent most of his professional career at Clemson University, which he joined in 1975. At Clemson, he served in a variety of positions, including Associate Dean and Head of the English Department. He retired in 1998, but returned to Clemson briefly in November of 1999 in the position of Interim Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, where he served until retiring again in September of 2000. In the mid-1990s Moran won the "National Looking Glass Poetry Chapbook Competition," resulting in the publication Getting the Body to Dance Again. Moran has published eleven books of poetry, along with one book of literary criticism, and he has coauthored a book of literary criticism. In addition, his poems and essays have appeared in various magazines, including Commonweal, Northeast, The North American Review, Northwest Review, The South Carolina Review, and The Southern Review. Waiting, a full-length book published in 2009, has received many favorable reviews. In the fall of 2009, Moran was given the Distinguished Emeriti Award from Clemson University. His most recent poetry book is entitled The Jane Poems and was published by Clemson Univ. D.P.