Bill Ransom was
born in Puyallup, Washington, in 1945 and began full-time employment at the age
of eleven as an agricultural worker. He has since earned two college degrees
and has held a variety of jobs, including as a firefighter and a CPR
instructor. He began a pilot project with the Poetry in the Schools program in
Washington State and founded and directed the popular Port Townsend Writers
Conference for Centrum. His poetry has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize
and the National Book Award.