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His youth inspired by a Danforth Leadership Award, Ralph La Rosa later earned a Ford Foundation grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Soviet Union. He was educated at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and the University of Wisconsin—Madison. A teaching career included appointments at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, UCLA, Tbilisi State University in the Soviet Georgian Republic (the first extensive appointment outside of Moscow), and Northwestern University—Evanston. After his assignment to the USSR, he was invited to teach in Budapest and Munich but was unable to accept the offers. In recent years, he taught at several colleges and universities in California.
Ralph’s publications include critical prose on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in American Literature, Critical Essays on Ralph Waldo Emerson (ed. Myerson and Burkholder), Sewanee Review, Wisconsin Monograph Series, and elsewhere. His work for film includes two scripts on Sam Rodia’s Towers in Watts, California: one sold to KCET Los Angeles, and another, Spires to the Sun, was sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities and aired by KCET. For Norman Cousins, Ralph also coordinated, with Robert Rees, the Chinese/American Writers conferences held at UCLA and Beijing University. Now focusing on poetry, Ralph was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has published a chapbook, Sonnet Stanzas (White Violet Press).
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/White Violet Press (March 28, 2016)