Robert Alexander

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

3440 Lake Mendota Drive
Madison, WI 53705-1471

Author's Bio

Robert Alexander grew up in Massachusetts. He attended the University of Wisconsin, and for several years taught in the Madison public schools. After receiving his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, he worked for many years as a freelance editor. From 1993 to 2001, he was a contributing editor at New Rivers Press, also serving from 1999 to 2001 as their creative director. He served as coeditor, with Nickole Brown, of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series at White Pine Press. His books of poetry include White Pine Sucker River, What the Raven Said, and Richmond Burning. In addition he has two works of literary history, Five Forks: Waterloo of the Confederacy, and The Northwest Ordinance: Constitutional Politics and the Theft of Native Land. More at: Alexander died at the age of seventy-four on June 24, 2023.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Family Portrait: American Prose Poetry, 1900-1950 (White Pine Press, 2012)
The Northwest Ordinance: Constitutional Politics and the Theft of Native Land (McFarland & Co., 2017)
Five Forks: Waterloo of the Confederacy (Michigan State University Press, 2003)


Far Out: Poems of the Sixties (Wings Press, 2016)
Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (White Pine Press, 2016)
The House of Your Dream (White Pine Press, 2008)
The Party Train (New Rivers Press, 1996)
What the Raven Said (White Pine Press, 2006)
White Pine Sucker River (New Rivers Press, 1993)
Richmond Burning (Red Dragonfly Press, 2017)
Black Box
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Prose Poem

More Information

Born in: 
Cambridge, MA
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Last update: Aug 04, 2023