Scott Minar is a musician, essayist, poet, translator, editor, emeritus English professor, and literary critic living in Chillicothe, Ohio near Columbus. He is an emeritus member of the English Department at Ohio University and is married to medievalist/academician Roberta Milliken. He has won a few teaching awards, taught internationally at Memorial University (St. John’s, Newfoundland), and collaborated with scholars and writers in the U.S., Sweden, Syria, Israel, England, Norway, and elsewhere. His essays, books, and poems have been published in English, Arabic, Swedish, Polish, and Hebrew. His poetry books include The Palace of Reasons, Cymbalism, and Gilgamesh and Other Poems (all by Mammoth Books/Dubois, PA). Cymbalism and Gilgamesh and Other Poems were translated into Arabic by Dr. Saleh Razzouk of the University of Aleppo and published by Linda Books (Al Sweida, Syria). His textbooks/exercise books include Exercises for Poets: Double Bloom (with Edward Dougherty), published by Pearson; The Working Poet, published by Autumn House (Pittsburgh); and The Working Poet II, by Mammoth Books. Scott's first book of essays—Lunch at Mark Twain's Grave—will be published by Mammoth Books in 2021. Mammoth will also be releasing Scott's Arctic Accordion: Selected Poems plus a new book of poetry, of your body and its bones, sometime in 2021.
He is most proud of his work in helping—along with Professor Göran Malmqvist of The Swedish Academy—to introduce American readers to the poetry of Ingela Strandberg: Sweden’s Bellman Prize-winning poet, a celebrated writer in her own country and elsewhere. Minar also assisted Dr. Saleh Razzouk of The University of Aleppo and Professor Philip Terman of Clarion University (Pennsylvania) in introducing the poetry of Syrian writers Riad Saleh Hussein, Linda Abdel Baki, and Iman Chahin Sharba to American readers. He continues this work and collaborates in translating Dr. Razzouk's short stories and publishing these in the United States and elsewhere. He, Razzouk, and Terman are currently working on new collaborative translations from writers in Gaza and other places in the Middle East.
A few writers have offered kind remarks about Minar’s writing. Former Poet Laureate Mark Strand called Minar’s essay about his book Man and Camel, “[…]one of the best things written about me.” In a letter nominating him for a Pushcart Prize, Joyce Carol Oates said of Minar’s poetry, “His work is a remarkable find.”
Scott's musical cohorts, friends, and collaborators include Athens-based songwriter and teacher Bruce Dalzell; the 1980's band The Kings of Hollywood, of which Scott was a founding member, along with Dalzell and T. Craig Goodwin; Nashville's Kim Richey, who lived in Athens for a time and is a graduate of Ohio University; the fabulous Barry Hunn, a banjo player and singer of extraordinary talents; bassist par excellence Jack Sowers; members of the band currently known as The Wingnuts (Borowski, Nau, Hellenberg, and Borchard, etc.—also in the K of H); producer and impresario Keith Newman; the amazing Adam Simon; and many more. He has shared stages with Richard Thompson, Jonathon Edwards, Elmira New York's John Manfredi (the best guitarist he's ever seen), and a host of others over the last five decades. He continues to write songs today and occasionally teaches songwriting with his partner, Bruce Dalzell.