Rob Greene

Rob Greene

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Local & Global: The Poetry School of Experience

Supervisor: Dr Luke Kennard and Dr Isabel Galleymore

PhD Creative Writing

Biography

I was born on the former air force base in Blytheville, Arkansas in the United States of America. I am the editor of Raleigh Review and I have lived in Raleigh for much of the last two decades. Prior to this I relocated forty-six times. I taught poetry writing at NC State University as a graduate student while earning my Master of Fine Arts. For the past five years I taught at Louisburg College, where I created Lou Lit Review. I now teach at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh as an assistant professor of English and I am in the process of developing Saint Augustine’s Magazine. My own poems have been recently published in Poem of the Week, Open Minds Quarterly, Great River Review, WLA: War, Literature & the Arts, San Pedro River Review, and in the Berlin-based annual Herzattacke. My first chapbook, Biloxi Back Bay (Rabbit House Press), was published in early 2017. I live with my wife, Lesia, as we raise our children together in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Research

This thesis consists of a critical study titled “Local & Global: The Poetry School of Experience” while referencing Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine. The critical commentary contents are preceded by the poetry collection Nomad. The commentary serves as a travel guide through the many places experienced throughout this collection of poetry, and therefore the study is a vital component in experiencing the many trades, the many experiences found within the lens of Nomad. The following themes are investigated within “Local & Global: The Poetry School of Experience” the lens of the other, work, parenthood, social class, elitism, men and women and their relationships, and mental health. This study aims to place poets who write of work and of experience under the umbrella of the poetic schools of work and experience with hopes that more poets will be added under this newly established umbrella while arguing that Raleigh Review has been and remains a champion of those who write of work and of experience. Both work and experience will be presented. At the same time, this thesis aims to fuse the two proposed schools of work and experience into one, The Poetry School of Experience, as you cannot have work without experience though we all gain universal experiences of the human condition that are unrelated to working for wages no matter your socioeconomic status or race, religion, nationality, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, etcetera.

Other activities

Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, NC USA)—2018 – Present

  • Assistant Professor of English for classes Composition I, Reading across Disciplines,

Critical Writing, Composition II, and Creative Writing.

  • Average class size: 22 (88 total students) for four classes per semester.

Contributions to the International Literary Arts Community:

  • Developing Saint Augustine’s Magazine (forthcoming).

Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine (Raleigh, NC USA)—2010 – Present

  • Founder, Editor and Publisher: Raleigh Review is a federal 501c3 nonprofit organization with a staff of twenty and a board of directors.

Contributions to the International Literary Arts Community:

  • Created the organization by launching the magazine on February 21, 2010. Defined the mission, the vision, the purpose. Solely built the first and the current website plus I set the origins for the organizational infrastructure.
  • I now serve as the main liaison among a very talented editorial staff as we run the magazine together. I have done every RR role at one time or another.
  • 2018 NC Writers’ Network Squire Residency Masterclass Instructor at NCSU, taught the advanced poets with a class on the poetry of experience.

Louisburg College (Louisburg, NC USA)—2013 – 2018

English Instructor for classes in American Lit II, Creative Writing, Writing & Inquiry, Writing/Research in the Disciplines.

  •  Average class size: 23 (115 total students) for five classes per semester.

Contributions to the International Literary Arts Community:

  • Created and Advised Lou Lit Review

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina USA)—2009-2011

MFA – Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—Poetry

  • Poetry Thesis Title: Things Got Pretty Radical in the Dark
  • Thesis Committee: Dorianne Laux, Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi and John Balaban.

Contributions to the International Literary Arts Community:

  • Created Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine on February 21, 2010.

Classes Taught:

  • Taught three courses in Poetry Writing over the 2010-2011 Academic Year.
  • Mentored an honors student. Mentored an award-winning poet.
  • The class size on average was 16 students.

Honors:

  • Nominated by the English Department (John Balaban & Dorianne Laux) for the outstanding teaching assistant of the year at NC State University.

Professional memberships

  • Community of Literary Magazines and Presses
  • Association for Writers and Writing Programs
  • Poets and Writers supporter
  • Academy of American Poets supporter
  • Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts fellow and supporter
  • NC Writers Network member
  • NC State University Alumni Association member

Publications

  • Poem of the Week (9.3.2018) “‘Biloxi Back Bay’ & ‘Band of Aides’ and ‘Excuse my Dust’”
  • San Pedro River Review (poem) (spring 2018)—“The So So Twins & Jazz”
  • Biloxi Back Bay, Poetry chapbook (2017)—Rabbit House Press
  • Open Minds Quarterly (poem) (fall 2017)—“I Would’ve Liked to Have Known”
  • San Pedro River Review (poem) (fall 2017)—“The Scientist Forgets Freud. . .”
  • Open Minds Quarterly (poem) (fall 2016)—“The Scientist Forgets Freud. . .”
  • Herzattacke (poem) (2015)—“Biloxi Back Bay” translated into German by Gerd Burger
  • The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review (poem) (2014)—“Biloxi Back Bay”
  • Great River Review (poem), (spring 2013)—“From Moscow”
  • Spoon River Poetry (poem), (spring 2010)—“Seattle Park At Dusk”
  • Tar River Poetry (poem), (fall 2009)—“In A Bar, You’re Alone”
  • War Literature & the Arts (poem), vol. 21 (2009)—“Band of Aides”
  • Raleigh Review, Founder & Editor—Vol. 1 (2010) ISBN 978-0-615-40251-2
  • Raleigh Review, Editor— Vol. 2 (2012) ISBN 978-0-615-68139-2
  • Raleigh Review, Editor—Vol. 3 (2013) ISBN 978-0-615-73503-0
  • Raleigh Review, Editor—Vol. 4.1 (2014) ISBN 978-0-615-94755-6
  • Raleigh Review, Book Reviewer—Vol. 4.2 (2014) Start of Serial | ISSN: 2169-3943
  • Raleigh Review, Editor—Vol. 5.1 – 9.1 (2015-2019) ISSN: 2169-3943
  • Lou Lit Review, Founder & Faculty Advisor—Vol. 1 (2018) | ISBN 978-0-9907522-6-4