Robert Powell was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, and now lives in York, UK. He has worked for many years in the fields of literature, journalism, photography, the arts, and urbanism. He was Director of Stills Photography Gallery, Edinburgh, 1986-89 and Art Consultant with the Canada Council for the Arts (1989-1997). From 1997-2015 he was Director of Beam, an arts, architecture, and education company and charity based in Wakefield, England, and in 2012 founded Wakefield Lit Fest: A Festival of Reading & Writing.
Robert has published three collections of poetry: Harvest of Light (Stone Flower, 2007); All (Valley Press,2015); and A Small Box of River (2016), a collaborative artist’s book and exhibition with artist Jake Attree. He was the winner of the 2012 Elmet Prize judged by Kathleen Jamie, and his poems and stories have appeared in Bridport: The Winners (2010), Dream Catcher, The North, Orbis and The Rialto, as well as numerous Canadian journals. His most recent project is a short film & projection, The River Speaks with creative producer Ben Pugh.
Robert has received writing grants from Yorkshire Arts (now Arts Council England), the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canal & River Trust ‘Arts on the Waterways’ programme.
Robert’s career has involved him working with many artists, writers, and architects. He is an experienced creative group leader and workshop facilitator, most recently with Wakefield Literature Festival, York Art Gallery, and York Literature Festival. Since 2014 he has led an annual creative collaborative project with MA Creative Writing students at the University of Lincoln.