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Ron Charach

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Ron Charach was born in Winnipeg in 1951, and studied medicine at the University of Manitoba. He studied psychiatry in Toronto and New York, and specialized in treating adolescents and their families. He currently does psychotherapy mainly with adults who have some connection to the creative arts and sciences. He lives in Toronto with his wife Alice, a psychiatric researcher. Known internationally as a writer of poetry on medical themes, his work is featured in the two world physician poetry anthologies, Blood and Bone and Primary Care, published by the University of Iowa Press. His eighth book, Selected Portraits, was published in 2007, and was followed by a book of socio-cultural essays, Cowboys and Bleeding Hearts, and a ninth collection of poems, Forgetting the Holocaust. In the fall of 2016, his debut novel, cabana the big, was published by Tightrope Books. In 2017, Tightrope published his tenth book of poems, Prosopagnosia.

Ron Charach hosted a column on poetry in The Medical Post between 1987 and 2003, and writes freelance essays and is a regular on the letters pages of The Toronto Star, The National Post and The Globe & Mail, as well as a contributor to numerous Canadian and American newspapers. Ron Charach believes that poetry can and must remain accessible to a wide audience and can do so without sacrificing metaphorical complexity. The same holds true for the novel and for non-fiction writing.

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Elephant Street. Signature Editions, 2003.
Dungenessque. Signature Editions, 2001.
Petrushkin!. Ekstasis Editions, 2000.
Past Wildflowers. Quarry Press, 1997.
Someone Else's Memoirs. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1994.
Selected Portraits. Wolsak and Wynn, 2007
The Big Life Painting. Quarry Press, 1987
The Naked Physician (Anthology). Quarry Press, 1990, 1991
Cowboys & Bleeding Hearts: Essays on violence, health and identity. Wolsak and Wynn, 2009
Forgetting the Holocaust. Frontenac House, 2011
cabana the big. Tightrope Books, 2016
Prosopagnosia. Tightrope Books, forthcoming (spring of 2017)


Winner, Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry for Dungenessque, 2003.
National Poetry Competition, League of Canadian Poets, numerous top 50 poems.
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