Robert F Sommer

Overland Park, KS

Author's Bio

Forthcoming from Fomite Press in 2018: "Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home." Excerpts have previously appeared in Emrys Journal, O-Dark-Thirty, Rathalla Review, New Plains Review, The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers, and Red Earth Review. When I'm not writing, I serve as the Director of Development for the Sierra Club's Kansas Chapter and a lecturer at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth.

Publications and Prizes

A Great Fullness
(Fomite, 2015)
, Where the Wind Blew (a novel)
(The Wessex Collective, 2008)
Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers
(Whirlybird Press, 2012)
Chronogram Magazine, Emrys Journal, New Plains Review, O-Dark-Thirty, Prick of the Spindle, Rathalla Review
Prizes Won: 
2017 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence nominee for "A Great Fullness" (a novel). Best American Essays 2015 Notable Essay: "Leavenworth," in Rathalla Review Anthology. First Place: Memoir Category, Kansas Authors Club, 2012. Second Place: Short Fiction, Kansas Writers Association, 2013. Honorable Mention in Poetry: Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, 2015. Pushcart Prize nominations in nonfiction for "Leavenworth," Rathalla Review, 2012, and "Rust on the Hillsides," Emrys Journal, 2015.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by Machado de Assis
James Joyce: Revised Edition by Richard Ellman
Feet of the Messenger by HC Palmer
The Age of Shakespeare by Frank Kermode
LaRose by Louise Erdrich

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Fiction Writer
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Born in: 
New York
Raised in: 
Hyde Park, NY
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Last updated: Oct 22, 2017