Rayn Roberts

Near Seattle, WA 98036

Author's Bio

Rayn Roberts, studied American & British Poetry under legendary professor - poet, Dr. Lee Gerlach and Dr. Elizabeth Walsh, RSCJ at the University of San Diego. He continued writing & has published online, in anthologies & literary journals. Having traveled and lived all over the world, he's used to interacting with diverse groups; has lived or toured in the United States, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, Hawaii, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales where he was invited by Geoff Haden to give a feature on Dylan Thomas' birthday, Oct. 27, 2018 at the Thomas Home in Swansea, United Kingdom. His poems are heard on Radio KSER 90.7 Everett, Washington & he has featured in San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Brockton, Hartford, Poughkeepsie, Long Island, New York City, Connecticut, Long Island, Philadelphia, & Washington DC . He hosts a long established reading at Green Lake Branch Public Library in Seattle featuring poets from Washington, Oregon and California to promote & instill an appreciation of Poetry & other Literature. In 2018, he wrote a new book, "These Boys, These Men" coming out in 2019. (TBA)

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Jazz Cocktails and Soap Box Songs
(1st Books, 2003)
, Of One and Many Worlds
(Poetic Matrix Press, 2006)
Anthologies: 
Along the Shore, Poems of the Sea
(Lost Tower Publications, 2017)
, Illuminations, Expressions of The Personal Spiritual Experience
(Celestial Arts an imprint of Ten Speed Pres, 2006)
, San Diego Annual Poetry Anthology
(Garden Oak Press, 2018)
, San Diego Poetry Annual
(Garden Oak Press, 2017)
, So Many Voices
(Poetic Matrix Press, 2017)
, The Book of Hope
(Beyond Borders Press, 2002)
, The World Healing Book
(Beyond Borders Press, 2002)
, Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones
(Weasel Press, 2016)
Journals: 
Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Between the Lines, Chronogram, City Works Literary Journal , Dream International Quarterly, Earth First, Fieralingue, Get Underground, Limestone Circle, Oddball Magazine, Poetic Voices, Rattapallax, Rattle, Retort Magazine, San Diego Poetry Annual, Seattle Star, Spindrift, Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry, The Pedestal Magazine, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Thunder Sandwich, Turbula, Void Magazine
Prizes Won: 
 Sow's Ear Review Contest, "The Beauty of Apples" (Honorable Mention 1990.)Feature Readings:The Dylan Thomas House, Wales, UK (Featured)The Sumac Center, Nottingham, UK (Featured)Green Lake Library (Featured)  Tsuga Fine Arts (Featured)  Ballard Library (Featured)Barnes & Noble Woodinville (Featured)The Creekside Poetry Reading (Featured)Phoenix Tea Reading (Featured)The Peninsula College Foothills Writers Series (Featured)The Bookworm Exchange Reading (Featured)Zippy's Everett Reading (Featured)Mobile Espresso Writer's & Poets Reading (Featured)SoulFood Poetry Reading (Featured)C&P Coffee Poetry (Featured)The el Diablo Reading (Featured)Lynnwood Library (Featured)Mountlake Terrace Library (Featured)Kanjin Yoga and Art Center (Featured)Wedgwood Words & Music Reading Poulsbo Public Library (Featured)The Bowery, New York City (Featured)Rattapallax Reading, New York City (Featured)Brockton, MA. Reading (Featured)Detroit, Il. Reading (Featured)Philadelphia, PA. (Featured)African American Writers Alliance Columbia City Library  (Supporting) 

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The White Goddess by Robert Graves
Favorite Books: 
The Book, On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, by Alan Watts, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, by Robert Bly & James Hillman, Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Complete Poems, 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop, Howl & other Poems by Allan Ginsberg, Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Collected Poems by Theodore Roethke, Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Ariel by Sylvia Plath, All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton, Crow by Ted Hughes, Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, Killing Marias by Claudia Castro Luna, New & Selected Poems by Mary Oliver.
Favorite Authors: 
Nemerov, Plath, Thomas, Sexton, Whitman, Emily D, Frost, Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Bly, Owens, Tuckerman, HD, Collins, Hughes, Gerlach, Rumi, Rimbaud, Lorca, Neruda, Lawrence, Hopkins, Shaks, Donne, Crane, Bukowski, Poe, Larkin, Snyder, Ginsberg, Mary Oliver, Ivor Winters, Hart Crane, Kenneth Patchen, e.e. cummings.

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Celtic American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Homeless people, Hospital patients, Naturalists/Environmentalists, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
English
Raised in: 
CA
work_excerpt: 
The Beauty of Apples Had he known the beauty of an apple, seen it, a flower In the palm of her hand, seen in his wife’s hand the sun Light to a tree of knowledge, knowledge of air and weather The river, the flame, the earth, he’d know earth was woman Insect and animal, he would see in her hand the farmer A field hand picking the apple, the worker make the truck Mechanic at work on the engine, trucker haul his apple....
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Last updated: Mar 23, 2019