Seido Ray Ronci

A poet, musician and Zen monk in the Rinzai tradition, Seido Ray Ronci currently teaches mythology, literary theory and postmodern American poetry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the director of Hokoku-An Zendo in Columbia. He obtained a PhD from the University of Nebraska and attended the Naropa Institute as an apprentice to Allen Ginsberg.

Seido Ray Ronci has published five chapbooks of poetry including The World of Difference (Pressed Wafer Press, 2001) as well as a collection, This Rented Body (Pressed Wafer Press, 2006). Forthcoming is The Skeleton of the Crow: New & Selected Poems from Ausable Press. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshare, Prairie-Schooner, Rattle, Iowa Review and elsewhere, as well as anthologized in American Zen: A Gathering of Poets. Recipient of the AWP Intro Award, the Academy of American Poets Award and the John H Vreeland Award for Literary Composition from the University of Nebraska, he has also won scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and the White River Writers’ Workshop.

Fresno State poetry professor Dr. Timothy Skeen says of Seido Ray Ronci’s poems, “[they] prove to me how it is still possible to show up for life every day in this world. Reading Ray’s poems is one of the pleasures of this world and, all in all, helps to do for me what the best poetry ought to do: justify this life’s high price of admission.”