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Robert Bly has changed the American literary landscape in numerous ways. He has published over a dozen highly regarded volumes of poetry, including Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey; My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy; The Night Abraham Called to the Stars; Morning Poems; Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems; and The Light Around the Body, for which he won the National Book Award in 1968. His poems in My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy and The Night Abraham Called to the Stars are written in his own adaptation of the Mideastern ghazal form in three-line stanzas.

Bly has also established himself as one of the great translators of international poetry into English, with pioneering translations of Nobel Prize winners Tomas Transtromer and Pablo Neruda, and Antonio Machado, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Hafez, among many others. The best work of his long and varied translation career appeared in The Winged Energy of Delight: Selected Translations. In 2008 his translations of Hafez were published in Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door. Air Mail, a book of Bly’s correspondence with Tomas Transtromer, was published in 2012.

By way of his literary magazine, successively known as The Fifties, The Sixties, The Seventies, and now The Thousands, Bly has introduced poets of many cultures to American audiences. In his American Poetry Review article, “The Village Troublemaker,” Tony Hoagland writes “It may be as a maker of communities, literal and virtual, that Bly has made some of his greatest contributions. Bringing American readers into intimate contact with European and Eastern poetries has irrevocably enlarged the scale of our literate worlds.” Hoagland also writes, “Only a few individuals in American poetry seem comparable, in longevity and energy, as bridge builders and identity-creators.” As editor, Bly has also produced the landmark anthologies News of the Universe, The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart (with James Hillman and Michael Meade), and The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy. He has also edited the prestigious Best American Poetry of 1999.

In his wide-ranging roles as groundbreaking poet, editor, translator, storyteller, and father of what he has called “the expressive men’s movement,” Bly remains one of the most hotly debated American artists of the past half-century. According to the Jungian psychologist Robert Moore, “When the cultural and intellectual history of our time is written, Robert Bly will be recognized as the catalyst for a sweeping cultural revolution.” And literary critic Charles Molesworth suggests that some of Bly’s importance and complication lies in the fact that he “writes religious meditations for a public that is no longer ostensibly religious.”

Bly’s bestselling book-length essay, Iron John: A Book About Men, sparked the men’s movement of the early 1990s and defined a whole generation’s view of masculinity. His other influential books of social and psychological commentary include The Sibling Society and The Maiden King, the latter co-authored with Marion Woodman, with whom Bly co-leads workshops for women and men in the US and Canada. He frequently conducts seminars with Gioia Timpanelli on European fairy tales. His awards include two Guggenheims and the National Book Award.

In 2013, Poetry Society of America awarded him its highest honor, the Frost Medal, which is awarded annually for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” Bly lives in Minneapolis with his wife Ruth.

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Robert Bly Biography

Robert Bly has changed the American literary landscape in numerous ways. He has published over a dozen highly regarded volumes of poetry, including Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey; My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy; The Night Abraham Called to the Stars; Morning Poems; Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems; and The Light Around the Body, for which he won the National Book Award in 1968. His poems in My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy and The Night Abraham Called to the Stars are written in his own adaptation of the Mideastern ghazal form in three-line stanzas.

Bly has also established himself as one of the great translators of international poetry into English, with pioneering translations of Nobel Prize winners Tomas Transtromer and Pablo Neruda, and Antonio Machado, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Hafez, among many others. The best work of his long and varied translation career appeared in The Winged Energy of Delight: Selected Translations. In 2008 his translations of Hafez were published in Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door. Air Mail, a book of Bly’s correspondence with Tomas Transtromer, was published in 2012.

By way of his literary magazine, successively known as The Fifties, The Sixties, The Seventies, and now The Thousands, Bly has introduced poets of many cultures to American audiences. In his American Poetry Review article, “The Village Troublemaker,” Tony Hoagland writes “It may be as a maker of communities, literal and virtual, that Bly has made some of his greatest contributions. Bringing American readers into intimate contact with European and Eastern poetries has irrevocably enlarged the scale of our literate worlds.” Hoagland also writes, “Only a few individuals in American poetry seem comparable, in longevity and energy, as bridge builders and identity-creators.” As editor, Bly has also produced the landmark anthologies News of the Universe, The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart (with James Hillman and Michael Meade), and The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy. He has also edited the prestigious Best American Poetry of 1999.

In his wide-ranging roles as groundbreaking poet, editor, translator, storyteller, and father of what he has called “the expressive men’s movement,” Bly remains one of the most hotly debated American artists of the past half-century. According to the Jungian psychologist Robert Moore, “When the cultural and intellectual history of our time is written, Robert Bly will be recognized as the catalyst for a sweeping cultural revolution.” And literary critic Charles Molesworth suggests that some of Bly’s importance and complication lies in the fact that he “writes religious meditations for a public that is no longer ostensibly religious.”

Bly’s bestselling book-length essay, Iron John: A Book About Men, sparked the men’s movement of the early 1990s and defined a whole generation’s view of masculinity. His other influential books of social and psychological commentary include The Sibling Society and The Maiden King, the latter co-authored with Marion Woodman, with whom Bly co-leads workshops for women and men in the US and Canada. He frequently conducts seminars with Gioia Timpanelli on European fairy tales. His awards include two Guggenheims and the National Book Award.

In 2013, Poetry Society of America awarded him its highest honor, the Frost Medal, which is awarded annually for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” Bly lives in Minneapolis with his wife Ruth.

Robert Bly Videos

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Robert Bly Books

Robert Bly Speaking Topics

  • An Evening with Robert Bly

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  • How to book Robert Bly?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Robert Bly for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Robert Bly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Robert Bly or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Robert Bly?

    Booking fees for Robert Bly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robert Bly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robert Bly?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robert Bly for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robert Bly for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robert Bly or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robert Bly or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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