Poems, essays, anthologies
Books written and edited by Robert Bensen
Life and Work
Robert Bensen was born in Joliet, Illinois and was educated at the University of Illinois, Oxford University, and Harvard University. He is Emeritus Professor of English at Hartwick College. He teaches at SUNY-Oneonta and conducts a poetry workshop at Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell.
He has published six collections of poetry, most recently Before (Five Oaks Press), and Orenoque, Wetumka & Other Poems (Bright Hill Press). Poems have appeared in Agni, Akwe:kon, Antioch Review, Callaloo, Caribbean Writer, Jamaica Journal, Native Realities, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry Wales, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Thomas Hardy Review, and many others. His work has earned an NEA poetry fellowship, the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Harvard Summer Poetry Prize, and Illinois Arts Council and NY State Council on the Arts awards.
Anthologies and Essays
His scholarship in the Caribbean and Native America has produced essays, studies, and editions, won fellowships from the NEH and Newberry Library, and led to teaching in St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. He has edited anthologies of Caribbean and Native American writing, including Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education (Univ. of Arizona Press).
RESUME: Education, employment, books, journals, anthologies, gallery exhibitions.
Online publications and resources
Remembrance of Derek Walcott, delivered at a celebration of his life at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Consulate General of St. Lucia in New York, sponsor. In Berfrois, 2018.
“Dance Looking at the Sun” (non-fiction). Fusion Magazine (October 21, 2017). https://www.fusionmagazine.org/dance-looking-at-the-sun/