Robert Milby


Florida, NY 10921
(845) 651-2435

Author's Bio

I have been writing poetry since 1987, and reading work throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC, NJ, PA, and New England since early 1995. Hosted 32 poetry readings series since 1995 and currently host 3 Hudson Valley readings. Co-Founder and Instructor for the Northeast Poetry Center's College of Poetry, 7 West Street, Warwick, NY. Was Co-Editor of NPC's poetry annual, The Wawayanda Review, with poet Steve Hirsch. Each Autumn, since 2003, I read as half of performance duo Theremin Ghosts! w/Hudson Valley  Performance Artist, Carl Welden. Latest chapbooks:  Gothic, Orange: Poems for Orange County, NY, 2018.  Thanks to a grant by the Orange County, NY Historian's Office.  Dickens Pet Raven(Fierce Grace Press, Wilmington, DE 2014) Ghost Prints: Tales of Terror and Poetry/collaboration with Jason Gehlert & Tammy Gehlert ( Black Bed Sheet Books, Antelope,CA, 2010). Latest books: Corona d'etat: The Pandemic Poems(Vol 1: 2020; Vol II:  2021; Vol 3 is pending)           Victorian House: Ghosts and Gothic Poems: Lion Autumn Music Publishing, Manhattan, NYC, September, 2015.                        I was elected Poet Laureate, Orange County, NY for the term of  May, 2017 to December, 2019.

Publications & Prizes

Voices From Here (Paulinskill Poetry Project, 2009)
WaterWrites (Codhill Press, 2009)
Hudson Valley Poets Fest: 2007 (Century House Historical Society, 2007)
Riverine (Codhill Press, 2007)
Calling All Poets: CAPs Voices (Howland Cultural Center, 2003)
Will Work For Peace (Zeropanik Press, 1999)
Ophelia's Offspring (Foothills Publishing, 2007)
Home Planet News
Hudson Valley Literary Magazine
Other: _____
Sensations Magazine
Prizes won: 

The Orchard Street Press, National Poetry Contest, 2022. First Prize, $500, for  "Beethoven's 9th Sonata."                                    Finalist:  "Beyond Satie"  Gates Mills, Ohio.                                                                                                                                                            Flying Monkey Press, Wild West Poetry Contest, 2020.  First Prize, for "I Was Never Under Quarantine. "                           Honorable Mention:  "Social Disgracing"  Kingston, NY

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Most Renaissance poets, subsequent literary movements, Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Keats,(the rest of the boys in the band) John Clare, Dickens, Jane Austen, The Brontes, Hardy, Trollope, Poe, Tennyson, Longfellow, Thoreau, Emerson, Melville, Hawthorne, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Charles Baudelaire, Gerard Manly Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Walt Whitman, Dostoyevsky, Victor Hugo, Verlaine, Mallarme, Rimbaud, Nerval, Yeats, EA Robinson, AE Housman, C. Day-Lewis, Harry Crosby, Vachel Lindsay, Sara Teasdale, Stephen Spender, Tolkien, Heaney, Ted Hughes, Wallace Stevens, Anne Sexton, Plath, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dylan Thomas, HD, Eliot, Ezra Pound, James Dickey, WC Williams, Roethke, Jarrell, many 20th C. US and British poets, Eavan Boland, Sinead Morrissey, Jack Clemo, Kathleen Jamie, Medbh McGuckian, Seamus Deane, Michael Longley, Robert Hayden, Derek Walcott, Apollinaire, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Joyce Kilmer, Ingrid Jonker, Ian McEwan, countless others!
What I'm reading now: 
The Old Curiosity Shop by Dickens, The 6th Lamentation by William Brodrick

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Goshen, NY
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Last update: Jul 22, 2022