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POETRY

Poet Robert Edward Miss

Robert Edward Miss grew up living a Huck Finn existence in central Maryland, hunting in the woods and rolling farm land, fishing in its rivers like the Potomac and Monocacy, roaming the Blue Ridge Mountains.  He started writing as a boy, but his classical education under the Jesuits at Fordham University launched Rob into serious poetry.  He has produced a steady stream of work since the 1960s.  Starting with his education in media and television at the University of North Carolina, Rob has made his living by writing and producing materials in all media for marketing communications, resource development, and the arts. In collaboration with pioneer TV director Paul Nickell at the UNC-TV statewide network, Rob produced several full-scale dramas, such as Candida, Lion in Winter, and Night of January 16th. Later, when he managed the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Maryland, he produced a version of The Nutcracker in cooperation with the NC School for the Arts and the Harlem Dance Theater.  Rob has published poetry in The Philosopher (Fordham), America (Jesuit weekly), The Lamp (Graymoor), and the Austin International Poetry Anthology.  He was recognized in 1985 by the Arvon International  Poetry Competition when Ted Hughes was judge. He was also awarded the Gilbert Prize in 1995.  In 2014, he self-published Fever Dreams: A Selection of Poetry, available on Amazon Kindle.  Several times, Rob has been invited to perform his work at Writing the Walls, a poetry and art project of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.  After serving ten years as advisory committee chair to gallery-265, an art program of Arc of Westchester, Rob founded the Fund for Artists with Disabilities. He lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY, with his wife Judith Millman.  They have five grown children and five grandchildren.   Rob can be seen running in Rockefeller State Park Preserve or kayaking on the Hudson River.   He can be reached at robertemiss@gmail.com