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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
phone: 616.395.7620
fax: 616.395.7134


English Department Faculty

Greg Rappleye

Education: B.A., Albion College (1974); J.D., The University of Michigan Law School (1976); M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College (2000).

Expertise: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Contemporary Fiction.

Selected Works: Holding Down the Earth: Poems (1995); A Path Between Houses (2000, Brittingham Prize in Poetry); Figured Dark (Arkansas, 2007).

Distinctions: Mississippi Review Prize in Poetry (1999); Pushcart Prize in Poetry (2000); Paumanok Poetry Award (2001); Bread Loaf Fellow in Poetry (2002).

Contact: Lubbers Hall 302


Figured Dark (2007).
Oh the fine, brawling, pungent observation of these poems: `the smog-brown sea,' `the baggies-drooping sea'; Homer would be exhilarated and appalled. Greg Rappleye revives the language and revives our powers of seeing. Figured Dark is shot through with light. --Linda Gregerson, author of Waterborne and Magnetic North

A Path Between Houses (2000).
These are tough--minded poems about loss, and what comes afterwards-the difficult work of rebuilding a life. Greg Rappleye gathers his material across a vast American landscape, from the Florida Keys through the Nevada Desert to the California Coast, rocketing around the country with some strange friends-Odysseus, William Faulkner, Frank Sinatra, and private eye Jim Rockford. Rappleye is not afraid to implicate the self, building a heroic persona in the classic sense-a person in whom the flaws are as celebrated as the occasional triumph. Winner of 2000 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.