Scott Minar is a poet, essayist, translator, musician, editor, English professor, literary critic, and memoirist living in Chillicothe, Ohio near Columbus. He teaches at Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus 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, 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, published by Mammoth Books.
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, along with 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 through his collaborations with Dr. Saleh Razzouk, a prolific translator and fiction writer currently living in Aleppo.
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.”