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Kenneth Robbins

Kenneth Robbins

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    When I retired from full-time teaching four years ago, I determined that the time was right for me to attempt my life-long dream: to become a full-time writer. I have accomplished this goal by spending as much time at the writing task as possible. My resume will reveal that I am something of a eclectic author, working in all genres with greater success in writing for the stage and long fiction though my efforts in poetry are beginning to be satisfying: 5 poems published in print journals and a chapbook selected for publication by FInishing Line Press. I anticipate continuing my writing efforts as well as my determination to remain "a teacher" by offering assistance to others upon request and need.
  • Resume

    Kenneth Robbins
    1504 Elizabeth Avenue
    Ruston, Louisiana 71270

    A Song of Josephine, Finishing Line Press, Forthcoming
    “Chicken,” A Chapter in Minnie’s Diary, Proper Press, 2018
    “The Crater,” A Chapter in UnCommon Lands, Fighting Monkey Press, 2017
    Christmas Stories from Ohio, Kent State University Press, 2010
    Christmas Stories from Georgia, University Press of Mississippi, October, 2005
    The City of Churches, a novel, NewSouth Books, May, 2004
    Christmas Stories from Louisiana, University Press of Mississippi, October, 2003
    Christmas on the Great Plains, University of Iowa Press, October, 2004
    In the Shelter of the Fold, a novel, Dream Catcher Publishing, November, 2002
    “Chicken Sex,” a monologue, in Monologues for Men, by Men, Heinemann Press,
    March, 2002
    “The Cenotaph,” a chapter in Learning to Glow, University of Arizona Press, April,
    “The Bonfires,” a monologue in A Grand Entrance, Dramatic Publishing, April, 2000
    “The Crater,” a story in Twilight Antiquity, an Anthology, Dark Star Pub., Jan., 2001
    The Warwoman of Wauhatchee Creek, a play for children, Encore Performance Pub.,
    The Baptism of Howie Cobb, a novel, the University of South Dakota Press, 1995
    Buttermilk Bottoms, a novel, the University of Iowa Press, 1987
    "Vestiges of Power: Censorship in Contemporary Egyptian Theatre and Society,” a
    chapter in NEW THEATRE VISTAS, Garland Press, 1996
    Molly’s Rock, a full length play, Palmetto Play Service, 1996
    The Hunger Feast, a play in two acts, Palmetto Play Service, 1996
    The Dallas File, a play in two acts, I. E. Clark Publishers, 1979

    PUBLICATIONS: Journals and Magazines
    “Lonesome George,” Pasque Petals, Volume 89:3, Spring, 2016
    “4 Poems from The Book of Slaughter,” The Blue Nib Magazine: 35, 2018
    “The Hutch,” The Military Review No. 6, Spring, 2017
    “Tenure Track,” The Luxembourg Review, Autumn, 2016
    “1 Samuel 18: Circumcision,” Rat’s Ass Review, Fall/Winter 2016
    “How Farron Gillette Lost and Found His Laugh,” The Seasonal Reader On-Line,
    ExMachina Press
    “On Being an Hibakusha,” a memoir, McNeese Review, Spring, 2002
    “Fictionalizing History,” an essay, Southwestern Theatre, Fall, 2001
    “The Normal Third,” a memoir, Southern Quarterly, Spring, 2001
    “The Crater,” short story in Of Ages Past: On-Line Magazine for Historical Fiction,
    Nov., 1999
    "The Closed Door Policy," memoir and fiction, Southern Quarterly, Spring, 1996
    Atomic Field, a play in two acts, Southern Theatre, Fall, 1996
    "A Long Way from Home," Heritage of the Great Plains, Fall, 1996
    "Planespotting," a memoir, Southern Quarterly, Winter, 1997
    "A Conversation with William Kloefkorn," South Dakota Review, Fall, 1994
    "Play by Play in the Cairo Theatre District," International Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 3
    "Leaving Prosperity," short fiction, in Briar Cliff Review, April, 1993;
    "Calling the Cows," short fiction, in North Dakota Quarterly, Spring, '92;
    "Dynamite Hill," short fiction, in A Carolina Literary Companion, July, '90;
    Ten One Act Plays in trade book and magazines; reviews and essays in Southern Quarterly, Bloomsbury Review, A View from the Loft , The Argus Leader, The State, and The Cimarron Review

    HONORS, Select List
    Professor Emeritus Theatre, Louisiana Tech University, 2015
    Alum of the Year, College of Education, Georgia Southern University, May, 2003
    Fulbright Scholar to Macedonia, March, 2002
    Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship for Bar None, 2002-2003
    Residency, Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain, June, 2001
    Japan Foundation Mid-term Visitors Fellow in conjunction with the Kyushu/Okinawa Summit, 2000, Summer, 2000
    U. S. Representative,, an international theatre conference, Amman, Jordan, summer 2000
    Lecturer, Tel Aviv, Israel, summer, 1998
    Malone Fellow. the National Council for US/Arab Relations, 1997
    Japan Foundation Artists Fellow, summer, 1995
    South Dakota Arts Fellow, 1995-96
    Hawthornden Fellow, Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, Summer, 1994
    Kennedy Center Golden Medallion for Service, 1999 and 1993
    Representative, Fulbright Hayes Seminar on "Islamic Civilization and Culture," Cairo
    Egypt, Summer, 1993; member of the jury, the Cairo International Festival for
    Experimental Theatre, Sept., 1993.
    Corporation for Public Broadcasting Program Award-Target Audience, for DYNAMITE
    The Toni Morrison Prize for Fiction and The Associated Writing Programs Novel
    The Gabriel Society Humanitarian Award for DYNAMITE HILL
    The F.T.C. New Play Award for THE DALLAS FILE
    The Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series for BUTTERMILK BOTTOMS
    The Loft Publication Readings Series for BUTTERMILK BOTTOMS
    Residency, Shenandoah Playwright's Retreat, August, 1993; reading of THE HUNGER
    Workshop, Project Arts Center, Dublin, THE COKE MACHINE KIDS and MOLLY'S
    Residency, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Newbliss, Ireland, May, 1989
    Reading of SISTERS ALL at the Wing and Groove Theatre in Chicago, IL
    Reading of THE COKE MACHINE KIDS by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton
    Reading of MOLLY'S ROCK by the American Folk Theatre, NYC
    Reading of ONE MAN'S HERO by American Theatre Association
    Reading of BUTTERMILK BOTTOMS at AWP National Convention, San Francisco
    Reading of THE HUNGER FEAST at the Playwright's Center, and BUTTERMILK BOTTOMS at the Loft, Minneapolis

    The Audition, Etcetera Theatre, London, England, July, 2018
    Atomic Field, Louisiana Tech University, August, 2005, in commemoration of the 60th year since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
    Sisters All, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI, Spring, 2005
    Molly’s Rock, The Raven Theatre, Chicago, August, 2003 (“The drama of Molly’s Rock is as simple and haunting as an Appalachian ballad, as befits a play based in folk legend. . . Kenneth Robbins anchors his speculations in his source material, resulting in a romantic tale that might have been authored by Nathaniel Hawthorne.” Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times, 8/13/03. “Playwright Kenneth Robbins has created a tantalizing Molly who is either a naïve innocent or a licentious siren.” Beverly Friend, Lerner News Star, July 30, 2003)
    Shane, First Frontier Inc., Xenia, OH with Bruce Campbell in the title role, June, 2002
    (“It’s a good role and I could not nor would not want to pass it up.” Bruce Campbell as quoted in the Xenia Daily Gazette, June 24, 2002)
    Sisters All, The Amateur Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, Spring, 2004


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