Poet and Editor Ron Offen, RIP | Bleader

Poet and Editor Ron Offen, RIP

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Ron Offen, poet, playwright, author, and gracious editor of the poetry journal Free Lunch—supported largely out of his own pocket—has died at the age of 79. I talked with him seven years ago, when he was launching a competitive poetry reading series at the Glenview Library. An American Idol for folks with verse they wanted to share, the series offered a $25 book store gift certificate for the winner. The losers got Free Lunch.

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