Robert Schultz, author of five books and an exhibiting artist, has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Award in Fiction, the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry, and Cornell University’s Corson Bishop Poetry Prize.
His books include three collections of poetry (Vein Along the Fault, Winter in Eden, Ancestral Altars), a novel (The Madhouse Nudes), and a work of nonfiction (We Were Pirates: a Torpedoman’s Pacific War).
In art, Schultz’s media include cameraless photography (chlorophyll prints, scanography) and artist’s books. A longtime and ongoing collaboration with Binh Danh has produced an exhibition, “War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal,” and a War Memoranda book is in the works. Schultz’s chlorophyll prints have been featured by LensCulture and are held by the Library of Congress, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, and by private collectors in the US and abroad.
Schultz, a native Iowan, has worked as a truck driver, house painter, and editor. He attended Luther College and received MFA and PhD degrees at Cornell University. In 1985 he returned to Luther, where he taught for 19 years. He also has taught at Cornell and at the University of Virginia. Since 2004 he has been the John P. Fishwick Professor of English at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.