Ron Padgett (born June 17, 1942) is an American poet, essayist, fiction writer, translator, and a member of the New York School. His books include: Great Balls of Fire, The Adventures of Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Ron (with Jim Dine), Toujours l'amour, Tulsa Kid, Triangles in the Afternoon, Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan, Poems I Guess I Wrote, You Never Know, Oklahoma Tough, and others.
Padgett was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1964 and studied creative writing at Wagner College with Kay Boyle, Howard Nemerov, and Kenneth Koch. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and studied 20th-century French literature in Paris during 1965 and 1966. In 1996, he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.
Padgett was an associate of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative for many years and served as their director of publications. His works on education and writing include The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms (editor), The Teachers & Writers Guide to Walt Whitman (editor), Educating the Imagination (co-editor), and many others. He was also editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine from 1980 to 2000.
Ron Padgett was also director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery during the 1970's.