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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.
2015 HIGHLIGHTS: * organizer & host, "7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight". A monthly series (last Sat. Jan. to June, except for May 23rd) to celebrate ALL literary artists as they share 7 minutes of their work. 1 pm-3 pm. Springfield Library, 220 State St., Spfld., MA www.springfieldlibrary.org * facilitator,"Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry in Response to Art". Mason Square Library Branch, 765 State St., Springfield, MA. April 4, 2015 * facilitator, "Objects of Meaning: 4 Steps To Engage Creatively ALL College Students as Writers". Teaching, Learning & Student Development (TLSD) Conference at Bristol Community College. Fall River Campus, MA. April 10, 2015 * facilitator, "The ABCs of Publishing Poetry". Community Room, Springfield Library, 220 State St., Spfld., MA. April 12, 2015 * facilitator, "Ekphrastic Poetry" workshop. Monson Arts Council Annual Art Exhibit, Monson House of Art, 200 Main St., Monson, MA. April 15, 2015 * facilitator, "Naming Your Roots: Seeds for Multi-Lingual Multicultural Narrative Poems", 7th Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA. May 1-3, 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