Ron Padgett, a poet and writer, was born and raised in Tulsa. In high school, Padgett, with his friends Joe Brainard and Dick Gallup, published "The White Dove Review." Despite being published by high school students, the art and literary magazine featured works by Jack Kerouac and E.E. Cummings, among others. After high school, Padgett left Tulsa to attend Columbia in New York City. Padgett’s award-winning works include prose, collections of his poetry and translations.
Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, Ron Padgett confronts the complexities of this world with his edgy, though-provoking humor. In "How to Be Perfect" (2007), he talks of joining “the poetry protection program” so his poems “can live under assumed names in Utah and Muskogee.” He also advises, “Hope for everything. Expect nothing.” As Publishers Weekly notes, he is willing “to become both difficult and serious when a poem requires it.”
His memoir, "Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers" (2003), demonstrates many of these same qualities and provides unique insights into Ron’s early years.