Robert Bensen

After retiring from teaching undergraduate students at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, you started a writer’s workshop for adults through Bright Hill Press and Literary Center (Seeing Things is in its tenth iteration) please tell us your thoughts about both experiences.

The Bright Hill workshop was a brave new world, to have such accomplished poets in it. It’s my second community workshop. Forty years previously, I founded the Red Herring Poets in Urbana, Illinois. I enjoy rooms full of bright faces of all ages. College students are mostly at one stage in their development. Poets in community workshops have vastly different preparation and experience — and are often highly motivated

Read the full interview with Robert Bensen in The Blue Mountain Review, December 2023.