Robert Schultz, Writer & Teacher
Poems on Best American Poetry website
Three poems from Robert Schultz's work-in-progress Ancestral Altars were featured on Scribners' BEST AMERICAN POETRY blog recently. The poems "Reflective," "Drifting Souls," and "A Place" appeared with the artworks by Binh Danh that inspired them.
The Grass over GravesBinh Danh's recent exhibition, The Grass Over Graves (Washington & Lee University, Lexinton, VA, January 4 - Febuary 4, 2011), included work growing out of his collaboration with Robert Schultz. A Daguerreotype portrait of Schultz next to a Daguerreotype rendering of his poem, "Amulet," was in the exhibition. Photos from the gallery are available here. The poem describes a wounded U.S. Civil War soldier looking at his beloved in a small Daguerreotype photograph that he keeps in a locket hung around his neck. When he looks at the picture's metallic surface he sees his own face mingled with hers. A visitor to the gallery who read the poem there saw his or her face reflected among the words. The exhibit also included Daguerreotype photographs of Civil War cemeteries and landscapes, passages selected from Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and photograms of tree leaves and grasses. Accompanying these works were large leafprint portraits of U.S. casualties of the Vietnam War, another north-south civil war.
A fine art broadside produced by Terrence Chouinard at his printery in Athens, Alabama renders Robert Schultz's poem "Amulet" and Binh Danh's photograph, "Stonewall Jackson Cemetery." The broadside, done in letterpress printing and Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks on heavyweight, mouldmade paper, commemorates The Grass Over Graves exhibition at Washington & Lee University. It also marks the beginning of U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial observances. More on the broadside ( issued in an edition of 150) along with ordering information, is available here.
Phi Beta Kappa address
On April 18, 2010 at Luther College Robert Schultz was inducted into the college's Phi Beta Kappa chapter as an alumni member and gave the Ruth A. Davis Memorial Address. The address, "The Importance of the Misfit Fact," is available in its entirety here.
We Were Pirates at The Library of Congress
A reading from We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman's Pacific War at the Library of Congress August 10, 2010 featured Robert Schultz, co-author James Shell, and WWII veteran Robert Hunt. A discussion and book-signing followed, and Hunt's recollections of V-J Day in San Francisco were posted in video format on the Library of Congress and The History Channel websites.
We Were Pirates ebook now available
We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman's Pacific War is now available in ebook format for a variety of platforms, including Kindle, Nook, iBook, Sony Reader, and through Google Books.