Ralph, born in New York City in 1975, is a novelist and poet. He was a journalist for a number of years before becoming a florist and then a University Instructor. Now he runs a pub in Seoul, South Korea.
He has published hundreds of poems and short stories online and in print in various mediums such as newspapers, magazines, and journals in a number of countries from Mexico to Long Island to Singapore. He was previously dubbed an experimental novelist (a tag which is not a perfect fit) and "a trip-hoppy visionary of language" (Lo Galluccio, writer).
He speaks English, Spanish, and some Korean. He lives in Seoul with his son and his mother.
Girls Carrying Books
on June 23, 2013 :
It must have taken the author years to acquire the research needed for this book. I'll often read books and think, "Oh, I could write that," but not this one. Chiaia has an intimate knowledge of the calendar and makes this book of poems both personal and universal.
The Sacred Calendar is a brilliantly ambitious work. Every word gave pleasure and you will want to read it more than once to be sure to see the layers. It is enlightening as well as sexy. The author is deeply insightful and vulnerable as well. Excellent work. I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)