Born: August 7, 1947
Ohio connection: Birth
Richard Hague was born in Steubenville, OH. He is the son of James R. (an engineer) and Ruth (a homemaker; maiden name, Heights) Hague. He Earned his B.S. in 1969 and his M.A.in 1971 both at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. His collections of poems include Ripening, for which he was named Ohio Co-Poet of the Year in 1985, Possible Debris, Mill and Smoke Marrow, appearing in the four-book collection A Red Shadow Of Steel Mills, Garden, Alive In Hard Country and named 2004 Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association, The Time It Takes Light, and Lives of The Poem, as well as five chapbooks: Crossings; A Week Of Nights Down River; A Bestiary; Greatest Hits: 1968-2000; and Burst, Poems Quickly. Milltown Natural: Essays And Stories from A Life was a 1997 National Book Award nominee.
President's Award in Poetry, Ohio Journal, 1979, for An Unsent Letter of Darwin's, and 1981, for Moose Ridge Apple Wine; Post-Corbett Award in Literary Arts, Cincinnati Post, 1982, for continuing contribution to the arts in Cincinnati; grant from Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 1984; first prize in professional prose category, Ohio Educational and Library Media Association, 1985, for story Whistling Woman and the Man of Light; named Ohio co-poet of the year by Ohio Poetry Day Association, 1985, for Ripening; first prize in poetry, Ambergris Poetry and Fiction Contest, 1988; Black Swamp Poetry Prize, 1989; grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990; National First Prize, English-Speaking Union, 1994, for writing program; Ohio Arts Council fellow, 1994, 1999; Council for Basic Education fellow, 1995; Marianist Education Consortium grants, 1996, 1998; Learning Links teacher's grants, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 1996, 2002-03; National Book Award nomination, 1997, for Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories from a Life; Katherine Bakeless Scholar in Nonfiction, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 1997; first prize, Sow's Ear Poetry Contest, 1999; grants from Ohio Appalachian Arts Initiative and Southern Poverty Law Center, 1999; first prize, Sarasota Poetry Theater Poetry Contest, 1999, for Soulspeak.