Robert R. Bensen (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) joined the English Department in 2017 as adjunct instructor, following retirement from Hartwick College where he was Professor of English and Director of Writing from 1978 to 2017. He teaches COMP 100, and has taught a wide range of writing and literature courses. Bensen’s poetry and literary criticism have been widely published in The Paris Review, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Native Realities, Jamaica Journal, AGNI, Akwe:kon, Poetry Wales, The Thomas Hardy Review, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (India), Ploughshares, and many other journals. Among his books of poetry, published in collaboration with artists, are In the Dream Museum (with Lebbeus Woods, Red Herring Press), Scriptures of Venus (with Hyde Meissner, Swamp Press), Day Labor (with Phil Young, Serpent & Eagle Press), Two Dancers (with Charles Bremer, Woodland Arts Editions) and Orenoque, Wetumka and Other Poems (with Phil Young, Bright Hill Press). His poetry has been awarded a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Penn Warren Award. He has also won several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Newberry Library, and teaching and research awards from Hartwick College. He has written numerous essays on Caribbean and Native American literature, and edited anthologies of those literatures, most recently Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education (U. of Arizona Press). His bibliographic study, American Indian and Aboriginal Canadian Childhood Studies, was commissioned and published by Oxford University Press online.