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Robert Louis Peters

Professor Emeritus of English

Ph.D., Wisconsin University

Phone: (949) 824-6712
Fax: (949) 824-2916

University of California, Irvine
369 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

Songs for a Son, W. W. Norton, 1967
The Sow's Head and Other Poems, Wayne State University Press, 1968
Connections: In the English Lake District, Anvil Press Chapbook Series, London 1972
Red Midnight Moon, Empty Elevator Shaft Chapbook Series, 1973
Holy Cow: Parable Poems, Red HIll Press, San Francisco, 1974
Bronchial Tangle, Heart System, Granite Books, 1975
Cool Zebras of Light, Christopher's Books, Santa Barbara, California, 1975
The Gift to Be Simple: A Garland for Ann Lee, Liveright/ W.W. Norton, 1975
The Poet as Ice Skater, Manroot Books, 1976
Gauguin's Chair: Selected Poems 1967-1974, Crossing Press, 1977
Hawthorne, Red Hill Press, San Francisco, 1977
The Drowned Man to the Fish, New Rivers Press 1978
Ikagnak: The North Wind, Kenmore Press, 1978
Celebrities: In Memory of Margaret Dumont, Sombre Reptiles, 1981
The Picnic in the Snow: Ludwig of Bavaria, New Rivers Press, 1982
What John Dillinger Meant to Me, Sea Horse Press, 1983
Love Poems For Robert Mitchum, Chiron Review Press, 1983
Hawker, Unicorn Press, 1984
Kane, Unicorn Press, 1985
Shaker Light, Unicorn Press, 1986
Ludwig of Bavaria: Poems and a Play, Revised edition, Cherry Valley Edition, 1986
The Blood Countess: Poems and a Play, Cherry Valley Edition, 1987
Haydon, Unicorn Press, 1988
Breughel's Pig, Illuminati Press, Los Angeles, 1990
Good Night, Paul, GLB Publishers, 1992
Snapshots For a Serial Killer, GLB Publishers, 1992
Robert Peters Poems: Selected & New 1967-1991, Asylum Arts, 1992
Familial Love and Other Misfortunes, Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, 2002
Makars' Dozens, Pearl Edition, Long Beach, California 2006


Victorians on Literature and Art, Appleton Century, 1961
America: The Diary of a Visit, By Edmund Goss, edited by Robert Peters Purdue University 1966
The Crowns of Apollo: Swinburne's Principles of Literature and Art, Wayne State University
The Letters of John Addington Symonds, Ed. with H.Schueller, 3 vols, Wayne State University Press, 1967-1969
Gabriel: A Poem by John Addington Symonds, Edited by Robert Peters & Timothy D'Arch Smith, London: Harrington 1974
The Great American Poetry Bakee-Off I, II, III, IV Series, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, New Jersey 1979, 1982, 1987, & 1991
The Peters' Black and Blue Guide to Current Literary Journals, first and second series, Cherry Valley Editions, New York, 1983 and 1985
The Peters' Black and Blue Guide to Current Literary Journals, third series, Dustbooks, 1987
Hunting The Snark: American Poetry at Century End: Classifications and Commentary, Paragon House, New York 1989
Revised Edition of Hunting The Snark: American Poetry at Century End: Classifications and Commentary, Avisson Press, 1997
Pioneers of Modern Poetry, with George Hitchcock, Kayak Press, 1967
Letters to a Tutor: The Tennyson Family Letters to Henry Graham Dakyns, Scarecrow Press, 1989
Mad Ludwig of Bavaria & Other Short Plays, Ayslum Artis, 2001

NOTE: Peters has been contributing editor, reviewer & advisor for The American Book Review, Small Press Review, Chiron Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Los Angeles Review etc.


Crunching Gravel: A Wisconsin Boyhood in the Thirties, University of Wisconsin Press, 1993
Nell: A Women From Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Press, 1995
For You, Lili Marlene" A Memoir of WW II, University of Wisconsin Press, 1995
Feather: A Child's Life and Death, University of Wisconsin Press, 1997


With Billy Collins, in Gauguin's Chair: Selected Poems, Crossing Press, 1977
With William Matthews, "The Shaker Poems," in The Great American Poetry Bake-off: Second Series, Ibid., 141-150.
Featured in the Writer's Autobiography Series, Vol. VIII, Gale Research Co., Dec. 1989


Diane Wakoski, in American Poetry, Winter 1985, 71-78
Billy Collins, "Literary Reputation and the Thrown Voice," in A Gift of Tongues: Critical Challenges in Contemporary American Poetry, eds. Marie Harris and Kathleen Augero, University of Georgia Press, 1987, 295-306.
Charles Hood, "Robert Peters," for the Dictionary of Literary
Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment of the Arts
Two Fulbright Fellowship
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