Rayn Roberts

Author's Bio

Rayn Roberts, studied American and British Poetry under legendary professor and poet, Dr. Lee Gerlach and Dr. Elizabeth Walsh, RSCJ at the University of San Diego. He continued writing and has published in anthologies and literary journals. He is well-traveled, used to interacting with diverse groups and has lived in or toured Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, Hawaii, Spain, Canada and the U.S. He performs or has performed on Radio KSER 90.7 Everett and been a featured poet at many venues in San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Brockton, New York City, Washington DC and Philadelphia. He hosts a long established and popular Reading at Green Lake Public Library in Seattle for PoetsWest featuring some of the best poets in the state of Washington, Oregon and California. As of 2018, he is continues to promote and instill an appreciation for Poetry and English Literature. He has a new book, "These Boys, These Men" coming out in 2018 and will tour Sweden, England, Ireland and Holland with, Chris Vannoy, the US National Beat Poet Laureate.

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 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, Spindrift, Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry, The Pedestal Magazine, The Seattle Star, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Thunder Sandwich, Turbula, Void Magazine
Prizes Won: 
Features & Readings: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) PoetsWest (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  Richard Hugo House, Seattle, Wa.Douglass-Truth Branch Seattle Public Library Honorable Mention, Sow's Ear Review Poetry Contest, 1990.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
MY MY MY MY MY by Tara Hardy
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Killing Marias by Claudia Castro Luna
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 Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Howl by Allen Ginsberg, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. "The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart", by Robert Bly & James Hillman, The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald, Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop, Wasteland by T. S. Eliot, Howl and other Poems & Kaddish by Allan Ginsberg, The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth by K. Rexroth, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Collected Poems by Theodore Roethke, Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer’s Night Dream & The Sonnets by William Shakespeare, The Sonnets by John Donne, Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, The Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Ariel & The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton, Crow by Ted Hughes, Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, The Glass Menagerie, A Street Car Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Killing Marias by Claudia Castro Luna, New & Selected Poems by Mary Oliver.
Favorite Authors: 
Nemerov, Plath, Thomas, Sexton, Claudia Castro Luna, Whitman, Emily D, Frost, Eliot, Stevens, Jim Chandler, Williams, Bly, Owens, Tuckerman, HD, Collins, Hughes, Gerlach, Rumi, Rimbaud, Lorca, Neruda, Lawrence, Hopkins, Shaks, Donne, Crane, Bukowski, Poe, Larkin, Snyder, Ginsberg, Jimmy Jazz, Jon Wesick, Mary Oliver, Ivor Winters, Tara Hardy, 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: Jun 27, 2018