Robin Schaer

Poet Robin Beth Schaer to Present a Reading of Her Works

Free public event to be held in Room 305 of Kauke Hall at The College of Wooster

17 October, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

Wooster, Ohio – The College of Wooster will welcome poet Robin Beth Schaer to campus for a reading of her works on Wednesday, October 26. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4:00 p.m. in Room 305 of Kauke Hall (400 E. University St.). Refreshments will be available following the reading, along with a book-signing by Schaer and a chance to talk with her individually about her work.

During her visit to the College, Schaer will also visit creative writing classes as well as to give a master class in political poetry to interested Wooster students.

Robin Beth Schaer’s first book of poetry, Shipbreaking, received the Robert Dana–Anhinga Poetry Prize and was named one of the “Best Poetry Books" and "Best Literary Debuts" of 2015 by BuzzFeed. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Saltonstall Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught writing extensively in New York City and she worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot ship lost in Hurricane Sandy. She is also the current Poetry Editor of Artful Dodge, the literary magazine edited at The College of Wooster.

“Some poets play the spoons, but Schaer plays the knives. Her words are not so much written as carved, her lines not so much offerings as incisions,” declared The Rumpus. Schaer’s poems examine the fragile relationship between the natural world and the human one, exploring disasters, parenthood, love, and environmental decline. Her work offers an intimate and interstellar odyssey where seas rise, mastodons roam, aeronauts float overhead, bodies electrify, and a child is born as a ship wrecks in a hurricane. In a starred review of her work, Publishers Weekly said: "In Schaer’s voluminous, shipwrecked world, everything is beautiful and no one is safe—it is from this suffering that song is created. This is a gorgeous debut from a smart, incisive young poet.” About her poems, the poet Mark Doty said: “Schaer’s language and her passion operate under the increasingly inescapablepressure of limit, and the result is something beautiful and broken, like this moment.”

Additional information about Schaer’s reading is available by phone (330-263-2575) or email