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Ron Padgett (born June 17, 1942) is an American poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator, and a member of the New York School. His books include Great Balls of Fire, The Adventures of Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Ron (with Jim Dine), Toujours l'amour, Tulsa Kid, Triangles in the Afternoon, Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan, Poems I Guess I Wrote, You Never Know, Oklahoma Tough, and others.

Padgett was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1964 and studied creative writing at Wagner College with Kay Boyle, Howard Nemerov, and Kenneth Koch. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and studied 20th-century French literature in Paris during 1965 and 1966.

Bean Spasms, Padget's first collection of poems, was published in 1967 and written with Ted Berrigan.

Padgett was an associate of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative for many years and served as their director of publications. His works on education and writing include The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms (editor), The Teachers & Writers Guide to Walt Whitman (editor), Educating the Imagination (co-editor), and many others. He was also editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine from 1980 to 2000.

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