Robert Kelly is Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature at Bard College. He has been on the Bard faculty since 1961.
Professor Kelly founded the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts writing program in 1980, and directed it for a dozen years. He has received numerous grants and awards, including recognition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Los Angeles Times Prize for Poetry, and an honorary doctorate from SUNY Oneonta. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry (including Red Actions, a selection of poems from 1960–93), several novels, and five collections of shorter fiction. His most recent books are May Day (poems), Fire Exit (long poem), The Book from the Sky (novel), The Logic of the World and Other Fictions (stories), and Uncertainties. He is at work on a new collection of shorter poems and a book of essays, manifestos, and reviews.