Robert Herschbach is a writer, editor and teacher based in central Maryland. He is the author of a full-length poetry book, Loose Weather, which won the 2013 Jean Feldman Award from the Washington Writers' Publishing House, as well as a chapbook, A Lost Empire (Ion Books, 1994). His poems have appeared in journals across the country, including Fugue, Gargoyle, Quarterly West, Southern Poetry Review, Subtropics, The Louisville Review and West Branch. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has a PhD in English from the University of Iowa, with a dissertation focused on Bram Stoker's Dracula.
About his poetry, Angela Ball wrote: "Herschbach's unfailing eye discovers coherence amid unlikeness." According to James Kimbrell, "Loose Weather delivers a fully formed and coherent vision, ambitious as Hellenistic Athens, haunted as Pompeii, strange as fluorescent swimwear."
In addition to writing, Robert's interests include musical composition and piano. As a member of the Hellenic and Near Eastern Musical Society Orchestra for several years, he performed in concerts across New England, including a 2010 event at Harvard's Sanders Theater. In 2013, he accompanied soprano Joanna Sfekas-Karvelas at the University of New Hampshire in an concert featuring selections from Orfeo ed Euridice, Strauss's Elektra and other operatic works, along with a selection of 20th century Greek art songs. His compositions include works for piano and electronic collages.
Robert is an experienced teacher of writing, composition and conversational English, with a strong commitment to providing instruction that engages students and empowers them to communicate effectively across a variety of genres. He is currently a faculty member at Capitol Technology University and has held prior teaching positions at the Community College System of New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire, ESS Language Institute (Pusan, Republic of Korea), Kirkwood Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Southern Mississippi. As an editor, writer and strategic communications professional, he has worked for General Dynamics Information Technology (formerly Anteon Corporation) and currently serves as communications director at Capitol Technology University.