Born and raised in Portland, LEX RUNCIMAN has lived most of his life in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Along the way, he worked as warehouseman, shipping-receiving clerk, and a stacker in a box mill. Holder of graduate degrees from the writing programs at the University of Montana and the University of Utah, he taught for eleven years at Oregon State University and for twenty-four years at Linfield College, where he twice received the Edith Green Award for teaching excellence.
He is the author of five earlier books of poems, including One Hour That Morning & Other Poems, 2014, which won the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Award for Creative Achievement. The Admirations (1989) won the Oregon Book Award. His work has been featured on Verse Daily and in various anthologies including most recently CutBank 40 and Alive at the Center, published in 2013 by Ooligan Press. Individual poems have received the Kenneth O. Hanson Award and the Silcox Prize. Parents of two daughters and grandparents of three boys and a girl, he and Deborah Berry Runciman have been married more than forty years.