Robert B. Strong Jr
Lecturer in English and Director of National Fellowships
Coram Library, Room 221A
Robert Strong is a poet, writer, and scholar widely recognized for his innovative work combining archival research and literary production.
His first full-length collection of poetry, Puritan Spectacle, was completed with the generous assistance of a Mellon research fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society. During the course of his poetic research, Robert unearthed an important early example of an American conversion narrative, which he transcribed and introduced for the New England Quarterly.
Robert’s forthcoming book of poetry, Bright Advent, was recently selected for the Marie Alexander Series and will be published by White Pine Press in 2017. This book, which is a hybrid-genre work incorporating verse lines, prose chunks, and archival material from the 1600’s, was supported by a creative arts research fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. You can read an introduction to and selection of Bright Advent at Common-place. Robert is currently the editor of Poetic Research for the journal.
Robert did his graduate work in creative writing at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University (M.F.A.) and the University of Denver(Ph.D.), home to the top-ranked doctoral program in the country. As an undergraduate at Boston College, he wrote a thesis on institutional racism for the Faith, Peace, and Justice Program.
Widely published in journals such as Jubilat, 14 Hills, and Denver Quarterly, Robert’s other books (and book-like objects) include the anthology Joyful Noise, the chapbook Brethren: Order of the Seasons, the conceptual fiction Manufact Hologram, and (for the anti-childhood obesity campaign Dunk the Junk) the children’s book Animals Ate the Alphabet.
Recent Classes at Bates College:
- Poetry Writing Workshop
- Poetry in the 21st Century
- Reading and Writing Poems
- Prose Writing Workshop
- Hip Hop, Jazz, and Blues: Influences in Poetry and Prose
- Modern Short Story
- First Year Seminar: Imaginative Writing
- First Year Seminar: The Hoax
- collage and appropriation of archival texts
- composition site in progress
- early American history and culture
- early American literature
- early American puritan conversion and narratives
- form and function in occasional poems
- Indian and English translation efforts in the 17th century
- massive open online poetry
- poetic historiographies
- poetic historiography
- poetry and archival research
- pop-spiritual Americana
- rhetoric of King Philip’s war