Roderick Bates


Perkinsville, VT 05151

Author's Bio

I am a Graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Religion. Since 2015 I have been the Editor of Rat's Ass Review {, an online poetry magazine. 

I am retired from government service, and am active in my community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group (SoVerA), and as a Trustee of the Westhersfield Proctor Library in Weathersfield, Vermont. 

Since my retirement, I have returned to my childhood preoccupation with downhill skiing. My goal last winter (2019-2020) was to "ski my age" which would have entailed 71 days on the slopes. I had just passed 60 days when COVID cut spring skiing short.   

I live in Vermont with my wife, Lynda Tallarico.

Publications & Prizes

Dark Horse
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Naugutuck River Review
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In 1999 I received a Best Essay award from the International Regional Magazine Association for my essay Straightening Nails which appeared in Vermont Life Magazine. My poem Within the Science, Art took second place in the Global Astronomy Month 2012 poetry competition sponsored by Astronomers Without Borders. 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Dorothy Sayers, Andrew Vachss, Dylan Thomas, Joseph Citro, John Steinbeck, James Lee Burke, Archer Mayor, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Leonard Cohen, Rita Mae Brown, Basho, R. Crumb, Raymond Chandler, Ray Bradbury. Wm. Shakespeare wasn't bad, either.
What I'm reading now: 
When Poetry Was the World (in manuscript) by Michael Angelo Stephens

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Born in: 
Springfield, VT
Raised in: 
Chester, VT
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Last update: Oct 30, 2020