Jack Ridl’s latest collection is Practicing to Walk Like a Heron (Wayne State University Press, 2013). It was awarded the Gold Medal for poetry by ForeWord Review. His collection Broken Symmetry (Wayne State University Press) was co-recipient of The Society of Midland Authors best book of poetry award for 2006. His Losing Season (CavanKerry Press) follows a small town through a long winter and a long season with its losing high school basketball team, and was named a best sports book of the year for 2009 by The Institute for International Sport and The Boston Globe. His next collection, Saint Peter and the Goldfinch, will be published Spring of 2019 also by WSU.  Jack’s poetry has been nominated for 19 Pushcart Prizes; he has yet to win! A beloved teacher at Hope College for 37 years, he was named Michigan Professor of the Year by The Carnegie (CASE) Foundation; more than 85 of his students are now published authors, several of whom have received national honors and awards.