Biography

Robert Powell

Robert Powell is a poet, writer, editor, and curator, and is currently Creative Director of Beam, an arts and architecture company based in Wakefield, Yorkshire. He has written widely on the visual arts and photography and worked with a range of artists, photographers and organisations on exhibitions and other creative projects.

Robert was born and brought up in Ottawa, Canada, and has lived for any years in the UK. He has worked in the fields of journalism, the arts, photography and the built environment. From 1986-9 he was Director of Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, and from 1989-97 worked for the Canada Council for the Arts. His poems and stories have appeared in literary magazines in Canada and the UK — most recently in the 2010 Bridport Prize Winners collection (the short story ‘Old Country’). His first poetry collection, Harvest of Light, was published by Stone Flower Press in Ottawa in 2007. ‘Harvest of Light’, a one-man performance poetry, theatre, and projected imagery, has been performed at the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Lincoln Book Festival.