Robert Schultz Profile


Dr. Robert Schultz

John P. Fishwick Professor of English

Department: English & Comm Studies
Office: 215 Miller Hall



B.A., Luther College

M.F.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Cornell University


Research & Teaching Interests

Creative Writing - Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction; Classical Greece; Literary Modernism; American Literature; Contemporary Literature; Film

Scholarly Activities

Publications include a novel, The Madhouse Nudes (Simon & Schuster, 1997 and 2008); three collections of poetry, Ancestral Altars (Artist's Proof Editions, 2015), Winter in Eden (Loess Hills Books, 1997) and Vein Along the Fault (The Laueroc Press, 1979); the nonfiction We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman's Pacific War (Naval Institute Press, 2009); short stories and memoir essays; essays on poetics; articles on Modern and comtemporary American poets, including Ezra Pound and Gary Snyder; and numerous reviews of contemporary American poetry.


Baseball, Flyfishing


Ancestral Altars (poems)

We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman's Pacific War (nonfiction)
The Madhouse Nudes (a novel)
Winter in Eden (poems)
Vein Along the Fault (poems)

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Recent Publications

War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal is a collaborative exhibition of art and poetry with Binh Danh. It was shown by The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia, in 2015 and will travel to the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York in Fall 2016. Ancestral Altars, a collection of poems with art by Binh Danh, was issued by Artist's Proof Editions as an iBook distributed by iTunes. See for details. The poem "Choeung Ek" is anthologized in Villanelle_ by Everyman Library in its Pocket Poetry series. A gallery of new poems by Robert Schultz and works by Vietnamese-American artist Binh Danh appear in the Winter 2009 issue of _The Virginia Quarterly Review_. More new poems from _The Scent of Mint_, a work in progress, are in _Subtropics_ , _The Northwest Review_,_Diode, and on the website of Scribners' Best American Poetry anthology. For updates and public events, visit


National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Fiction; The Virginia Quarterly Review Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry; Cornell University Corson-Bishop Poetry Prize; Yale Younger Poets Prize, Finalist; Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award, Finalist; Featured Iowa Poet, Des Moines National Poetry Festival; Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residency Fellowship; Artist-in-Residence, Luther College

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

contemporary poetry, fiction, film

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

contemporary poetry, fiction, film, Walt Whitman and the Civil War