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North Hadley, MA
I have published six books of fiction, the latest from Asia 2000 in Hong Kong. My Flannery O'Connor Award collection of short stories, "Ghost Traps" has just been reprinted by U. Georgia Press. It is available as a e book. I am currently completing the last novel in what I call "The Beijing Trilogy," based on my years of teaching in China. And I have recently tried my hand at screenplay writing.
Examples of recent workshops: * "To Reflect the Complexity of Our Experiences, Write American Ghazals", Massachusetts Poetry Festival,Salem, MA, April 29, 2016. * "Ekphrasis: Poetry Inspired by Art", Annual Art Exhibit, Monson Arts Council (MAC), Monson, MA, April 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. * "Naming Your Roots: Seeds for Multilingual, Multicultural Narrative Poems", 7th Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA, May 3, 2015. * "Objects of Meaning: 4 Steps to Engage Creatively ALL College Students as Writers" - Teaching, Learning, and Student Development Conference, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA, April 10, 2015.
I was born in New Jersey, graduated from Amherst (B.A. 1957), attended Harvard as a special student (1960), and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut (1965). I've taught at the University of Washington (1963–1965) and the University of Massachusetts (from 1965 to 1996, serving as Graduate Director from 1982 to 1986 and as Department Chair from 1986 to 1992. In addition to essays on Classical and English literature, I've published six books of poetry and translations of eight plays by Euripides and Sophocles. My first book, Madonna of the Cello, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. My translations of Greek plays have been staged in sixty productions worldwide. I've held Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller (Bellagio Residency), NEA and NEH fellowships, the latter in 2007 for work on a critical biography of Richard Wilbur. I live in Western Massachusetts with my wife Mary, a free-lance writer and editor. My remaining outdoor enthusiasm is golf, but earlier ones included déjeuner sur l'herbe, touch football, skiing, sailing, and horseback riding. I have three websites: www.robertbagg.com www.thecompletesophocles.com www.spiritusmundipress.com