Robert studied poetry at the University of California, Berkeley and in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Pacific University, Oregon.
His poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies including North American Review, Poetry International, Iota, and Magma Poetry. Robert’s essays and reviews have appeared in Poetry International, the Chicago Sun-Times online, and The Huffington Post. His own website consistently ranks as a top poetry blog.
Robert’s poems have received commendations in the Rattle Poetry Prize, the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize, the 2009 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the 2013 Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and three Pushcart Prize nominations.
Having relocated to London, England with his wife, Valerie and cat, Miranda in May 2011, Robert was long-listed for the UK National Poetry Competition. He has given a variety of readings in London and is a member of The Highgate Poets. He also created the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series to bring poets from both sides of the Atlantic together for live online poetry readings.