Ron Koertge, a long-time resident of South Pasadena, taught at Pasadena City College for thirty-seven years. His Poetry Writing Workshop at PCC was one of the department’s most popular classes. A prolific writer, he has published more than thirty books of poetry and prose. Some of his most recent books are Fever (Red Hen Press, 2006), Indigo (Red Hen Press, 2009), The Ogre’s Wife (Red Hen Press, 2013), and Vampire Planet. (Red Hen Press, 2015). He is the recipient of grants from the N.E.A. and the California Arts Council and has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry (1999 and 2005). His most recent book from Red Hen Press is a comic-for-smart-people: Olympusville. He is also the author of “Negative Space,” short-listed for an Oscar in Animated Short Films.