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rikki_santer-201x300I’ve worked as a journalist, a magazine and book editor, co-founder and managing editor of an alternative city newspaper in Cleveland , a poet-in-the schools, and my all-time favorite job—bagel street vendor. I earned a M.A. degree in journalism from Kent State University and a M.F.A. degree in creative writing from The Ohio State University. My work  has won honors from The Poetry Forum (the William Redding Memorial Contest), Black Lawrence Press (the St. Lawrence Book Award Competition), the Ohio Poetry Association, and the Best of Ohio Writer Contest sponsored by the Poets’ & Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.   I currently live in Columbus, Ohio where I teach literature, writing, and film studies.  Two of my published poetry collections have explored place: Front Nine (the Hopewell earthworks of Newark, Ohio) and Kahiki Redux (the late Kahiki Supper Club of Columbus, Ohio). Clothesline Logic, was published by Pudding House as finalist in their national chapbook competition, and my latest book, Fishing for Rabbits, was published by Kattywompus Press. I’m currently working on my next collection, Make Me That Happy.



  • Adanna Literary Journal
  • The Adirondack Review
  • Alabama Literary Review
  • Asphodel
  • The Atlanta Review
  • Avocet
  • Baltimore City Paper
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • Bloodroot
  • Columbus Landmarks Association
  • Common Ground Review
  • Common Threads
  • The Comstock Review
  • Crab Orchard Review
  • Curbside Review
  • Dante’s Heart
  • Earth’s Daughters
  • Grand Lake Review
  • Grimm
  • Gyroscope Poetry Review
  • Iodine Poetry Journal
  • Main Street Rag
  • Margie
  • Midway Journal
  • A Narrow Fellow
  • Natural Bridge
  • Plainsongs (Award Poem)
  • Poetry East
  • Potomac Review
  • Pudding Magazine
  • Rhino Literary Journal
  • Rockhurst Review
  • Ship of Fools
  • SLAB
  • South Loop Review
  • 614 Magazine


  • 108 American Poets edited by Jesse of the Genesee and Dorian Arana (Ground Torpedo Press)
  • The Pudding House Gang: Provocative Rascals Thundering Main Street for the Poems of Our Lives edited by Jennifer Bosveld (Pudding House)
  • I Will Bear This Scar edited by Marietta W. Bratton (iUniverse)
  • Cradle Songs:  An Anthology on Motherhood edited by Kristin Roedell (Quill and Parchment Press)
  • IMPACT:  An Anthology of Short Memoirs edited by CoCo Harris (Telling Our Stories Press)
  • Everything Stops and Listens edited by Steve Abbott (The Ohio Poetry Association)
  • Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press)
  • Joys of the Table (Richer Resources Press)
  • My Cruel Invention (Meerkat Press)