Ralph Sneeden was born in Los Angeles in 1960 and grew up on Long Island and the North Shore of Massachusetts. His poems and essays have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, The Common, Ecotone, Harvard Review, The Southampton Review, The Southeast Review, Southwest Review, and The Surfer's Journal. The manuscript for his second book (current title: Cruel Alluvion) has been selected as a finalist (in various forms) for the National Poetry Series, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize (Pleiades) and the May Swenson Poetry Award (Utah State University Press). The title poem of his book, Evidence of the Journey (Harmon Blunt, 2007), received the Friends of Literature Prize from POETRY magazine, and others in it appeared in The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, The New Republic, Slate and other magazines. His work has also been anthologized in The Second Set: The Jazz Poetry Anthology Vol. 2 (edited by Sascha Feinstein and Yusef Komunyakaa, University of Indiana Press); Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets (forward by Maxine Kumin); and Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets
He has been teaching English since 1983, at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire since 1995, where he is the B. Rodney Marriott Chair in the Humanities. He holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA) , Middlebury College (MA) and Warren Wilson College (MFA), and has also been a Joseph Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College/ Columbia University, a Chubb LifeAmerica Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, the Bergeron Fellow at The American School in London, and recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph's Club Foundation. One of the founding leaders of the Exeter Humanities Institute, he has run workshops on discussion-based teaching at many schools across the US and Canada, and also in the UK, Philippines and Chile. In 2012, he founded the Damariscotta Lake Writers' Conference (a conference/colony for teachers who write) in Nobleboro, Maine.
He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Gwen Evans-Sneeden. They have three children (Jake, Madeleine and Eliza) who are out in the world.
Links of interest: Ralph Sneeden discusses his poem "Cow's Neck" on the NH Laureate/New Hampshire State Council on the Arts website: Poets Showcase