Robert Vas Dias, an Anglo-American born and now resident in London, has published twelve collections in the UK and USA. His poetry and criticism have appeared in over 100 magazines, journals, and anthologies in both countries. A festschrift, Entailing Happiness, with contributions by 35 poets and writers, appeared in 2011. Since 2001 he has collaborated on books with the British artists Patrick Caulfield RA, John Wright, Stephen Chambers RA, and Tom Hammick. A collaborative artist’s book with the British artist Julia Farrer, Syntax of Bridges, was launched in New York in November 2014. He has recently published papers on the prose poem and on the American poets Paul Blackburn, and in December 2014 he presented a paper at he University of London on the systematic-chance compositions of the American poet Jackson Mac Low. In London, he organised poetry conferences for Gresham College, including ‘Verbal inter Visual: Linking Worlds of Art & Poetry’ and its accompanying exhibition in conjunction with Central Saint Martins. He was General Secretary of The Poetry Society in London during the 1970s. He was a Core Tutor with The Poetry School, London, for ten years, and continues to conduct seminars for them. www.robertvasdias.com
Publications and Prizes
Black Book (Shearsman Books, 2016), Arrivals & Departures: Prose Poems (Shearsman Books, 2014), London Cityscape Sijo and Other Poems (Perdika Press, 2012), Still · Life & Other Poems of Art & Artifice (Shearsman Books, 2010), Leaping Down to Earth (Permanent Press, 2008), Speech Acts & Happenings (Bobbs-Merrill, 1972)
Ambit, Chelsea, Choice, Encounter, Envoi, London Magazine, Long Poem Magazine, Partisan Review, Poetry, Poetry Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Wales, Shearsman, Stand Magazine, Staple, Tears in the Fence, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Warwick Review, The Wolf, Zone
He has been awarded a Creative Artists Program Service (CAPS) Fellowship in Poetry (New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts), and the C. Day Lewis Fellowship in Poetry administered by the Greater London Arts Association.