Robert Schultz, author of eight 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, Cornell University’s Corson Bishop Poetry Prize, and awards for his artworks.
His books include three collections of poetry (Into the New World, Vein Along the Fault, Winter in Eden, Ancestral Altars), a novel (The Madhouse Nudes), a work of nonfiction with James Shell (We Were Pirates: a Torpedoman’s Pacific War), an art book with Binh Danh (War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials), and most recently, Specimens of the Plague Year: notes and art.
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 the War Memoranda book. Schultz’s chlorophyll prints have been featured by LensCulture, Lenscratch, FRAMES Magazine, and are held by the Library of Congress, university and college museums, and 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. From 2004 through 2018 he was the John P. Fishwick Professor of English at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Currently he works full time as a writer and artist.