Robert studied poetry at the University of California, Berkeley and in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Pacific University, Oregon. In the 2010-2011 academic year, he was Senior Poetry Editor of Silk Road Review. He also recently finished editing a special feature on British poetry for Issue 8.1, due out in Spring/Summer 2013.
Robert’s poems have received commendations in the Rattle Poetry Prize, the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize, the 2009 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and three Pushcart Prize nominations. In 2011, after relocating to the UK, he was long-listed for the UK National Poetry Competition.
His poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies including North American Review, Poetry International, Iota, and Magma Poetry. Excerpts of his poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Times and aired on Classical KDB 93.7 FM Santa Barbara. Robert’s essays and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, the Chicago Sun-Times online, and The Huffington Post. He has been interviewed by Ventana Monthly, KPCC Public Radio Los Angeles, and OnFM 101.4 The Lola and Lulu Show.