Robert McNamara is the author of three books of poetry, Second Messengers, The Body & the Day, and Incomplete Strangers. Over the last thirty years, his poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, most recently in the anthologies The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy and The Book of Irish-American Poetry. He has co-translated The Cat Under the Stairs, a selection of the poems of Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, the distinguished contemporary Bengali poet.
After brief forays into printing, house painting and auto mechanics, Bob settled in academe, and for the last twenty six years he has taught at the University of Washington, where he also serves as University Director of the Puget Sound Writing Project, one of hundreds of sites affiliated with the National Writing Project, whose mission is “improving the teaching of writing and improving the use of writing across the disciplines by offering high-quality professional development programs for educators.” In years past, he has also taught for the Experimental College at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Rocky Mountain Writers Guild, and in the Certificate Program in Creative Writing offered by UW Extension.
He has received a number of awards and fellowships for his writing and translating, among them a Creative Writing Fellowship from the NEA and a Fulbright Fellowship for language study and translation in Calcutta, India. In 1976 he founded L'Epervier Press, which in its fourteen years of activity published forty-five titles by more than thirty poets.