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Ron Koertge

Author of Stoner & Spaz

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About the Author

A prolific writer, Ron Koertge is the author of many books of poetry, prose, novels-in-verse, and fiction for teenagers. His most recent book, Sex World, was released in Fall 2014 from Red Hen Press. Ron is the recipient of grants from the N.E.A. and the California Arts Council. His books have been show more honored by the American Library Association and two have received PEN awards, among other accolades. He currently lives in South Pasadena, CA. show less

Works by Ron Koertge

Stoner & Spaz (2001) 488 copies
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (2003) 281 copies
Strays (2007) 184 copies
Boy Girl Boy (2005) 144 copies
Margaux with an X (2004) 134 copies
The Brimstone Journals (2001) 127 copies
The Arizona Kid (1988) 118 copies
Deadville (2008) 103 copies
Coaltown Jesus (2013) 91 copies
The Harmony Arms (1992) 23 copies
The Ogre's Wife (2013) 19 copies
The Boy in the Moon (1979) 18 copies
Geography of the Forehead (2000) 14 copies
The Heart of the City (1998) 13 copies
Vampire Planet (2016) 7 copies
Sex World (2014) 6 copies
Fever (2006) 5 copies
Father Poems (1973) 4 copies
Indigo (2009) 3 copies
Olympusville (2018) 3 copies
100 Things to Write About (1997) 2 copies
Yellow Moving Van (2018) 2 copies
The Boogeyman (1980) 1 copy

Associated Works

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contributor — 759 copies
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contributor — 357 copies
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (2009) — Contributor — 213 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 208 copies
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Cover artist — 189 copies
On the Fringe: Stories (2001) — Contributor — 177 copies
Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (1999) — Contributor — 119 copies
Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases (2008) — Contributor — 117 copies
Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities (2008) — Contributor — 112 copies
Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork (2006) — Contributor — 110 copies
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Team Avatar Tales (2019) — Contributor — 104 copies
What Are You Afraid Of?: Stories about Phobias (2006) — Contributor — 88 copies
Destination Unexpected: Short Stories (2003) — Contributor — 76 copies
Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty (2007) — Contributor — 55 copies
The Erotic Impulse: Honoring the Sensual Self (1992) — Contributor — 52 copies
What a Song Can Do: 12 Riffs on the Power of Music (2004) — Contributor — 50 copies
Twelve Shots (1997) — Contributor — 39 copies
Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns (2015) — Contributor — 36 copies
Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (2015) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982) — Contributor — 8 copies
Stooge Thirteen, Spring 1975 — Contributor — 1 copy
Telephone #11 — Contributor — 1 copy


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Poor. Cliched, a bit trite & stereotyped. :(
MakebaT | 9 other reviews | Sep 3, 2022 |
So this is the fourth poetry book I've read today. I love the month of April when I start my Poetry unit in my classroom. This book may just bet he one that pulls in my reluctant boys. Kevin loves nothing more than playing baseball. Suddenly he is knocked out of playing by a severe case of Mono. He barely has the strength to walk across the room. Not only can he not play baseball, but he can't go to school. When he isn't napping he has started writing poetry. His writer father has given him a notebook. In his father's office he finds a book about writing poetry that he sneaks to his room. He doesn't want anyone to know that he is writing poetry. For him this becomes a way of looking at and dealing with so many things in his life. It is a way of connecting with his thoughts and feelings about losing his mother. So loved this book. I can't wait to read the second one, "Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs".… (more)
skstiles612 | 15 other reviews | Apr 24, 2022 |
Eh. If you’re looking for really thought provoking poetic twists on fairy tale stories, go find Anne Sexton’s Transformations. This one’s contemporary, and a really fast read, but the best thing about the book is the title. I suppose if you've got reluctant readers, it might be a decent choice, but it just feels like something dumbed down for teen readers.
jennybeast | 27 other reviews | Apr 14, 2022 |
There are a few fresh ideas in this---I enjoyed "Bearskin," "The Emperor's New Clothes: An Afterword," "Little Thumb," and "Wolf"---but much of the book's intended edginess seemed a retread of all the typical fractured fairy tale stuff: incest (maybe?), the tedium of ever afters, women who crave danger and abuse, selfish heroes and heroines, etc. I didn't really feel as though I was discovering anything new about the original stories or, for that matter, fairy tales in general. As for the poetry, while it may suit some readers, it didn't really sing in my ears or catch me up in its imagery or wordplay.… (more)
slimikin | 27 other reviews | Mar 27, 2022 |



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