his new book of poems & photographs has been the subject of four gallery exhibitions and performances.PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Hartwick College, Director of Writing and Professor of English. ((1978 to present; Department Chair, 1998-2001)

Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois (1976 to 1978). Instructor, Department of English.

University of Illinois, Urbana (1975-1976). Publications Editor, College of Agriculture.

Danville Junior College, Danville, Illinois (1974-1975). Instructor, Department of English.

University of Illinois, Urbana (1968 to 1974). Graduate Teaching Assistant.


Decentralization Grant for "Two Dancers" publication. New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Upper Catskill Community Council on the Arts, 2003.

Decentralization Grant for "Two Dancers: in Performance," New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, 2002.

Fellowship in Poetry, National Endowment for the Arts, 1996.

Winifred Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence, Hartwick College, 1996-97.

Robert Penn Warren Award, given by Poetics Inc., publishers of the Cumberland Poetry Review, 1993, Nashville, Tennessee. Selected by X. J. Kennedy.

Cora A. Babcock Professor of English, elective appointment by Department of English & Theatre Arts, 1991-95.

Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, Independent College Fund of New York and NYSEG, 1992

Columbian Quincentennial Fellowship, Newberry Library, 1990. NEH Travel to Collections Grant, 1990.

NEH Summer Fellow, Newberry Library, 1989. Summer Fellowship, Board of Trustees, Hartwick College, 1988, 1989.

Research Grants, Board of Trustees, Hartwick College, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1995.

First prize in poetry for "Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh," Illinois Arts Council, 1978.

First prize in poetry, Harvard University Fine Arts Competition, 1974.

NEH Consultancy Grant, Hartwick College, to develop college-wide writing program, 1978.


Anthologies and Editions

Children of the Dragonfly: Literature of the Custody and Education of American Indian Children.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.

Pine Song, Plainsong: A Celebration of Pine Lake in Art and Poetry. Oneonta, New York: Foreman Institute for the Creative Arts at Hartwick College, 1997.

Iroquois Voices, Iroquois Visions: A Celebration of Contemporary Six Nations Arts. ed. with Bertha Rogers and Maurice Kenny. Treadwell, NY: Bright Hill Press, 1996.

1492-1992: Encountering New Worlds. Hartwick College January Thematic Term program, 1992.

One People's Grief: Recent Caribbean Literature. Hamilton, New Zealand: Outrigger Publishers, 1983.

Six Cuban Poets/Seis Poetas Cubanas, trans. T. Keating. Oneonta, N.Y.: Serpent & Eagle Press, 1983.

Poetry: Books

Two Dancers.  With 17 photographs by Charles Bremer.  Oneonta, NY: Woodland Arts Editions, 2004.

Orenoque.  With 4 works on paper by Phil Young.  Excerpted in Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Hyderabad, India: Ichai University Press, 2010.

Blue Room. (In consideration.)

The Scriptures of Venus. With 8 woodcuts by Heide Meissner. Fine hand-printed edition. Northfield, Mass.: Swamp Press, 2001.

Day Labor. With 12 drawings by Phil Young. Oneonta, N.Y.: Serpent & Eagle Press, 1984.

In the Dream Museum. With 6 drawings by Lebbeus Woods. Urbana, Ill.: Red Herring Press, 1980.

Near Misses. Letterpress edition. Oneonta, N.Y.: Nocturnal Canary Press, 1979.

Poetry: Gallery Exhibitions

"Two Dancers: Photographs by Charles Bremer and Poetry by Robert Bensen."  National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Spring, NY.  April  2007-October 2008.

___.  Smithy-Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY.  July 19-August 7, 2004.

___.  Fine Arts Gallery, State University College at Oneonta, NY. Feb. 2 to March 6, 2002.

___. The Gallery, Bright Hill Center, Treadwell, NY. June 2 to 30, 2002.

___. Faculty Center, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. September 1 to December 31, 2002.

Poetry: Journals

"Deux danseuses/ Two Dancers, i-iii," Agni  57  (Spring 2003).

"Pine Lake Memorial Stomp Dance Trail," Native Realities 3.1 (Winter 2003).

"La ballet de baleines/ Ballet of the Whales," and "Etoile," Phoebe (Spring 2002).

"The Time of Wind," Native Realities 1.1 (Spring 2001).

"Orpheus and E______" parts 1 and 2, nycitybiglitreview.

"Souvenir," Yankee Magazine (September 2000).

"Pine Lake," Poetry Wales (U.K.), 33:3 (January 1998).

"Paraiso Terrenal" and "Huiio," Out of the Catskills and Just Beyond.  Treadwell, NY: Bright Hill Press, 1997.

"Come Sweet May Again," Pivot 45 (1997).

"What Lightning Spoke" and "Double Cross," Pivot 44 (1996).

"The Given," Forkroads 1:2 (Fall 1995).

"Waking the Gretels," Phoebe 6:2 (Fall 1994).

"The Short Season," Pivot 42 (1994).

"Blacksnake at the Iroquois Festival," Tamaqua 4:1 (Spring 1994).

"Wetumka," Akwe:kon Journal 10:3 (Fall 1993).

"The Bronze Slave" (winner, Robert Penn Warren Poetry Award) and "The Time of Wind," Cumberland Poetry Review 13:2 (Fall 1993).

"Canaima" (from Orenoque) and "Buffalo Hot Wings," Slow Dancer [England] 29 (Spring 1993).

"Abode" and "Three Images" by Alvaro Mutis. Trans. from Spanish with Timothy J. Keating. Harvard Review 4 (Spring 1993).

"Night Crossing, the Irish Sea," "What the Static Said," and "Scriptures of Venus," The Webster Review 16 (Fall 1992).

"Lives," "Walker and Cane," and "Valor," Slow Dancer [England] 27 (Spring 1992).

"The Truth About Everything, Pt. II," The Paris Review 122 (Spring 1992).

"Isis at Caroni," The Caribbean Writer 5 (1991).

Reprinted in Verse [England] 11:2 (Summer 1994).

"Pony League," "A Cup of Tea in Tea-Brown Cups," and "Windfall Dutch Barn, Salt Springville, New

York," Slow Dancer [England] 24 (Fall 1990).

"Isla Republica," Slow Dancer [England] 23 (Spring 1990).

"Arnold Lake, Sunday, June" and "A Fine Romance," Slow Dancer [England] 22 (Fall 1989).

"Blue Room," The Paris Review 111 (Fall 1989).

"Caprice," The Paris Review 107 (Fall 1988).

"Homage to Damballah," The Caribbean Writer 2 (Spring 1988).

"We've Been Domesticated, I Tell You," Ploughshares 13:1 (Spring 1987).

"Tokiwa and Her Children," The Antioch Review 45:1 (Winter 1987).

Reprinted in Alan Pater (ed.) Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry. Beverly Hills, Cal.: Monitor Book Co., 1987.

"Wargames," The Minnesota Review n.s. 27 (Fall 1986).

"Standing By," The Partisan Review LII:4 (Winter 1986).

"Club at the Halcyon Beach," Three Rivers Poetry Journal 27/28 (1986).

"Tres Riches Heures" and "Borinquen," The Literary Review 30:1 (Fall 1986).

"An Ordinary Evening in Havana," River Styx 18 (Fall 1985).

"Cockburn Town, San Salvador," Cincinnati Poetry Review 13 (Spring 1985).

"In the Dream Museum," reprinted in Origins by Lebbeus Woods. London: The Architectural Association, 1985.

"The Waves at Matsushima" and "Driving the County Blacktop," The Agni Review 21 (1984).

"For One on Whom Murder Was Attempted," Amelia I:2 (October 1984).

"Report From the Province of Skin" and "Dans le pays qui te ressemble," Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review (Spring 1983).

"Lake of the Twin Fawns," Chiaroscuro 3 (1983).

Reprinted in Walter Franklin (ed.) Susquehannock. Bath, N.Y.: Foothills Publishing, 1986.

"On Ogunquit Beach" and "The Sea This Morning's Green," Calliope 7:1 (1983).

"The Toad to His Comely Bride" and "Poem with Forty-one Kittycats," Tightrope 11 (Fall 1982).

"Cove" and "How the Saints Found Countries to Be Saint Of," High Rock Review I:1 (Spring 1981).

"Near Miss #3," Eureka Review 7-8 (1981).

"Near Miss #7," "As a Child," and "Why I Sent the Chandelier," Matrix 4 (April 1979).

"Cornucopia," a broadside by Swamp Press: Oneonta, N.Y. 1979.

"Diving Off Ogunquit," "Drawing a Bead," "The Last Doughnut Poem," "Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh," "Near Miss #2," "Near Miss #6," and "In the Dream Museum," Brilliant Corners 9 (Fall 1978).

"Kafka and the Lone Ranger," "Frames," "Near Miss #5," Matrix 3 (April 1978).

"The Last Resort" and "Menagerie," Mississippi Valley Review 7:2 (Spring 1978).

"St. Thomas Enters Heaven," "In the Dream Museum," and "Diving Off Ogunquit," Matrix 2 (April 1977).

"Frames" and "Recovery," Oyez Review 5 (Summer 1977)."Saturday Morning" and "Drawing a Bead," Big Moon 1:2 (Summer 1975).

"Invitation," "Sideshow," and "Icarus Rising," Riverrun 2 (Summer 1975).

"Toy," "Lebbeus with a Limp," "Practical Considerations When Using Man-Made Mulches in Massachusetts," Brushfire 25 (Fall 1975).

"My First Attempt," "Kafka and the Lone Ranger," "Flying Over Chartres Cathedral," "Country Music," and "The Story About the Farmer and the Farmer's Wife," Waiting for Rain 7 (Spring 1975).

"Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh" and "Rain in January," Spirit XLI, No. 104 (Spring-Summer 1974). "Running" and "Poem," Magellan 1:3 (Fall 1973).

"Witch" and "Prophet Buried to the Waist in Sand," Sahara 2 (Summer 1972).

Literary Essays

"Prosper's Book Undrown'd: The Book as Source of Postcolonial Culture in Derek Walcott's Another Life. In consideration.

"Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, edited by Hertha Wong" Great Plains Quarterly 22.2 (Spring 2002):


"Family Matters, Tribal Affairs, by Carter Revard," American Indian Culture and Research Journal

23.2 (Spring 1999): 12-13.

"Creature of the Whirlwind: Louise Erdrich's 'American Horse' and the Custody of American Indian Children," Cimarron Review 121 (October 1997) 173-188.

"Catherine Weldon in Omeros and The Ghost Dance: Notes on Derek Walcott's Poetry and Drama," Verse 11:2 (Summer 1994) 119-125.

"Columbus at the Abyss," Jamaica Journal 23:3 (February 1993) 48-54.

"Refining El Dorado: The Problem of Cultural Continuity in Exploration and Native Literature of the Americas," Proteus (Spring 1992) 32-37.

"The Garden and the Abyss: Columbus's Journal and Three Caribbean Writers," AGNI 28 (Spring 1989): 115-132.

"The Poet as Painter: Derek Walcott's Midsummer," The Literary Review 29:3 (Spring 1986), 257-68.

Reprinted in Robert D. Hamner (ed.) Critical Perspectives on Derek Walcott. Washington, DC: Three Continents Press, 1993.

Reprinted in Allison Marion (ed.) Poetry Criticism 46. Kennedale, TX: Gale Group, 2003.

Excerpted in Steven R. Serafin (ed.), Modern Black Writers. NY: Continuum, 1994.

"The New World Poetry of Derek Walcott," Concerning Poetry 16:2 (1983): 29-42.

"One Red Herring and How It Grew," Illinois Writers Review 4:1, (Winter 1985), 2-4.

"Carol Frost's Spirit Songs of Dust" (review), Bluefish 1:2 (Spring 1984).

Introduction to The Child Born to Be Hung Need Not Fear Drowning, poems by Jo Mish. Oneonta, N.Y.: Serpent & Eagle Press, 1983.

"Tightrope" and "Matrix" (review), Serials Review 7:1 (Jan./March 1981).

Writing Competency: A Handbook (with Thomas C. Beattie). Oneonta, N.Y.: Hartwick College, 1979. Revised 1981.

"Straight" (review of poems by Richard Friedman), Illinois Writers Newsletter I:4 (December 1976).

"The Underachiever: A Study of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus," Studies in the Humanities III (Fall 1972).

"Pablo Neruda: 1904-1973," Prairie Dispatch (October 21, 1973).

"The Queer Kingdom: American Poetry in the Seventies," Prairie Dispatch (July 5, 1973).

"The Great Debate" (fiction), Popular Electronics, 21:4 (October 1964).

Reference Articles

"'The Man to Send Rain Clouds' by Leslie Marmon Silko," Masterplots II: Short Story Supplement. Pasadena, CA: Salem P, due 1995).

"Leslie Marmon Silko," Encyclopedia of American Writers. Pasadena, CA: Salem P, 1994.

"Earl Lovelace" and "Derek Walcott," Cyclopedia of World Authors II. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1989: 951-52, 1528-30.

"John Milton," Great Lives in History. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1987: 1860-65.

"Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea," and "Earl Lovelace, The Dragon Can't Dance," Masterplots II: British and Commonwealth Fiction. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1987: 154-57, 398-402.

"Alejo Carpentier, 'Like the Night,'" and "Paule Marshall, `Barbados,'" Masterplots II: The Short Story. Pasadena, Cal: Salem Press, 1986: 1359-62, 154-57.

"Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold," Masterplots II: American Fiction Series. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1986: 300-305.

"West Indian Drama," Critical Survey of Drama: English Language Series. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1985: 2450-55.

"Edward Kamau Brathwaite," Critical Survey of Poetry: English Language Series. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1983.

Presentations and Interviews

"Creative Writing in the English Department" Plenary Session at the ADE Summer Seminar,

Cooperstown NY, June 15, 2002. Presided. David Bartholomae, Arnie Johnston, Robin

Hemley, participants.

"Earthly Delights," reading at a benefit program, Saturday, March 2, 2002. Upper Catskill

Community Council of the Arts, Oneonta, NY.

"Two Dancers: in Performance," performance piece with dancers. Hamlin Arena Theater, State

University College at Oneonta, February 28, 2002.

"Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education,"

lecture/reading for Hartwick College January Term program "Native America: Lessons in Survival." Jan. 30, 2002.

Reading/interview on "Off the Page," program will Bill Jaker at WSKG-FM (NPR affiliate), January 3, 2002.

"Assignments: Sweethearts Forever," a workshop for writing faculty, Hartwick College, Oct. 12, 2001.

"The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978," interviewed on Native America Calling international radio network, August 2001.

"Fictions of the Indian Boundary: Adoption and the Short Fiction of Louise Erdrich." 5th Annual Central New York Conference on Language and Literature, SUNY-Cortland, October 19, 1995.

"Fictions of the Indian Boundary: Native American Literature and the Geographies of Reading." Babcock Lecture Series, Hartwick College, October 13, 1994.

"Father Acosta's Laughter: Discontinuities of Knowledge Between the Old and New Worlds." Presented in Curriculum XXI Lecture Series, Hartwick College, Sept. 30, 1991, and at the State University College at Oneonta, Oct. 16, 1991.

"Novice/Expert Distinctions and the Teaching of Writing Across the Curriculum," presented at the Institute for Critical Thinking, University of Chicago, April 27, 1988.

"The Poet as Painter: Derek Walcott's Midsummer." Presented at the conference of the Association of Caribbean Studies, Port of Spain, Trinidad, July 28, 1985.

"The New World Poetry of Derek Walcott." Presented at the conference of the Association of Caribbean Studies, Havana, Cuba, July 12, 1982.

"One Red Herring and How It Grew." Presented at Illinois Small Press Conference, Champaign, Illinois, September 1985.


Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta (English honorary), Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre honorary), Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers (non-Native member), Poets & Writers, Inc., Associated Writing Programs, Academy of American Poets, Modern Language Association