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Robert Arthur

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Robert P. Arthur – Poet, Fiction Writer, Critic, Playwright.
Robert P. Arthur was a finalist for Poet Laureate of Virginia in 2008 and 2010 and was nominated in 2012. He has published over 1,500 articles and/or reviews and over twenty books of poems, plays, poem/plays, and fiction His newest book of poetry, Black Gum Against Thunder, will be brought out as an ebook on Kindle and Nook by Northampton House. His poetry/play collection, Robert Arthur’s Eastern Shore, has recently been published by Scriptworks Press. His best-known works are possibly Hymn to the Chesapeake (as both book of poetry and poem/play), Vija’s War, Phaedra, Strokes, Horse Hammock Point, Chesapeake Celebration and The Libertine. His novel Master William and the Fin Man won the Maryanne Farley Award for Fiction (pre-publication) at the Virginia Writer's Conference at Christopher Newport University. He also won the same award for Storm Caller and was the recipient of the Karma Dean Ogden Memorial Award for Poetry in the same year, as well as the recipient of numerous other awards. Arthur has directed at the North Street Playhouse, The Venue on 35th Street, the Generic Theatre, and the 40th Street Stage. He received an MFA from the University of Arkansas and has taught at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Arthur’s play, Phaedra, and the play version of Hymn to the Chesapeake, have won Best Play and Most Innovative Play annual awards from Port Folio magazine. Hymn to the Chesapeake played in Washington, New York, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

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