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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tom Roby  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


-- Tom Roby on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Tom lives and works in Chicago. He is the Inventor of the Poetry Wheel and the President Poets' Club of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tom Roby left Virginia by way of Colgate University, earning a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago and a NEH fellowship to study Socrates. He spent the next three decades teaching Humanities in Chicago's City Colleges, while continuing educational research on curriculum deliberation and organizing international conferences on classroom discussion. He has published and performed his poetry in many venues in Chicago, while leading workshops, writing criticism, and winning various awards.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Griever's Circuit
ISBN: 1933126027

Fractal Edge Press. 2004

Roby's finely crafted poems show the virtue of poetry as a medium for dealing with the loss of the dearest of loved ones. His poems traverse all the stages of grieving with elegance, wit, and profound emotional honesty and depth. Readers at all stages of grieving can find support and solace in these lines, and some will be inspired to follow Roby's example and use poetry to guide the course of their own processing of their heart's loss. Giving this book to distressed friends is a true act of kindness.

Shape Shifter
ISBN: 0972433996

The Puddin'head Press. 2008

An excellent book of poetry by Tom Roby, the president of The Poets Club of Chicago. This book contains 30 poems on numerous topics that the poet encounters in his daily life.

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