Picture of Robert Schechter

photo by Susannah Greenberg

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“There are good books which are only for adults, because their com­pre­hen­sion pre­sup­poses adult expe­ri­ences, but there are no good books which are only for chil­dren.”


–W.H. Auden

WELCOME!

I write poetry that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. My first book of children's poems,
The Red Ear Blows Its Nose, will be published by Word Galaxy Press in April 2023, with delightful illustrations by S. Federico. Kenn Nesbitt, the former Children's Poet Laureate of the United States, calls the book "a dazzling tour de force," and some of the world's best children's poets are saying the same. Please click on the "Red Ear" link above to sample some of the wonderful things people are saying about The Red Ear Blows Its Nose.

 

My children's poems have been published in Highlights for Children, Cricket, SpiderLadybug, The School Magazine, TygerTyger, The Dirigible Balloon, and The Caterpillar, as well as in anthologies edited by J. Patrick Lewis, Kenn Nesbitt, Sylvia Vardell, Brian Moses, James Carter, Janet Wong, Joshua Seigal, Roger Stevens, Rachel Piercey, and Emma Wright.  The details are here and on my Amazon Author Central Site. I've also been known to write light verse for adults and to translate rhyming and metrical poems from other languages (mostly  Spanish).  


​My adult poems and trans­la­tions have appeared in The Wash­ing­ton Post, The Spec­ta­tor, Salon, The Evans­ville Review, String Poet, Able Muse, Poetry East, The Paris Review Daily (online), The Alabama Lit­er­ary Review, Iron­wood, Miller’s Pond, Redac­tions, Anon, The Rain­town Review, The Avatar Review, Per Con­tra, First Things, Light Quar­terly, Light­enUp Online, Snake­skin, and Bum­ber­shoot, among other jour­nals, as well as in the anthology, Vil­lanelles, part of the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series pub­lished by Ran­dom House, Poems for a Liminal Age, an anthology in support of Médecins Sans Frontières, and in the lat­est edi­tion of Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms.

 

I've won both the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and the X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. I'm also a former "Loser of the Year" (which is a good thing, believe it or not) and Rookie of the Year in the Washington Post Style Invitational.