- A conversation with Robert McDowell. Robert McDowell is the author of five books of poetry and the Amazon.com bestselling book Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing, and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations, and Intentions (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2008). Robert is also the co-author of two volumes of literary theory, co-translator of a collection of stories by Ota Pavel that has just been reprinted in the eastern European Penguin Classics Series, and the editor of three anthologies. His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of anthologies and periodicals here and abroad, including Best American Poetry, Poetry, London Magazine, The New Criterion, Sewanee Review, and The Hudson Review. A Woolrich Fellow at Columbia University, a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, Robert has led retreats and taught at Esalen, Kripalu, and Pine Manor, and in Bennington College’s low-residency M.F.A. Program, the University of Southern Indiana, UC Santa Cruz, Taos Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Killybegs Festival in Ireland, West Chester Conference on Form and Narrative, and many other venues.
Robert leads workshops and retreats for beginners and experienced practitioners who want to discover their own hero’s journey through poetry and journaling. He also offers one-on-one editing and mentoring services and enjoys speaking to businesses and groups interested in improving performance and morale by deepening spiritual awareness, listening, communication, writing, and presentation skills.
- Robert McDowell's website: www.robertmcdowell.net