Bill Ratner’s poetry and stories are published in Best Small Fictions 2021– Sonder Press · Chapbook To Decorate a Casket–Finishing Line Press · Full-length poetry collection Fear of Fish–Alien Buddha Press · Baltimore Review, Missouri Review Audio, and other journals · 9-time winner The Moth Story Slam · Readings featured on National Public Radio’s Good Food andThe Business · Certified volunteer grief counsellor · Earns his living as a voice actor · Poets & Writers Readings and Workshops Grant recipient · Author of Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth About Media’s Effect on Children—Familius Books · Teaches Voiceovers for Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Media Awareness for the Los Angeles Unified School District · Member Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists · Actors Equity Association · National Storytelling Network.

PUBLISHED WRITING

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Bogeyman
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Mannequin
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Fear of Fish
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Mr.Death
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Grief
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Phoebe
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Quarantine Ride
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Empathy
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The Clinic
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Keep Your Eye on the Ball
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Emily
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Mother and Father
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BOBBY THE BELLBOY
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GlencoeGoyisheWedding
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K-JoyHolidayAudio
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PRESS

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FEAR OF FISH

Alien Buddha Press is proud to announce Bill Ratner’s first full-length poetry collection, Fear of Fish. NYQ Books poet and Cultural Daily Poetry Editor Alexis Rhone Fancher writes about Fear of Fish, “These highly original poems stir things up—a wild concoction of exploration, confession, and surreal fantasy, each topped with a soupçon of wry wit. Whether mourning the early demise of his beloved parents and older brother or riffing on being the one left behind to come of age on his own, Ratner’s poems find life’s humor and sweetness. They kick off their shoes and dance with Death.”  

TO DECORATE A CASKET

Finishing Line Press is proud to announce Bill Ratner’s first poetry chapbook, To Decorate a Casket. Jack Grapes, Chatwing Books poet and Founding Editor of literary journal ONTHEBUS writes, “Reading these poems, one can't help wondering if Ratner is a storyteller at heart who's found the form of the poem to convey the snapshots and short tales of his life, or if he's a poet who, like Homer, poured his dactyls into the epics of his time. Like a good storyteller, Ratner sidles up to you, whispers the opening of a tale, then brings in the big guns of poetry to make it all work. These poems are masterful, touching, evocative, and Ratner himself is a master-builder at work, a man who shapes words out of airy nothing and commands them to speak.”

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Bill Ratner Interviewed in The Coachella Review
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L.A.’s Cultural Daily
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Shark Reef Magazine
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Best Small Fictions
 
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