Robert Bensen's poems have been published in the U.S., U.K., West Indies, Asia, and in African-American and Native American journals. His books, published in collaboration with artists, include Scriptures of Venus (with Hyde Meissner, Swamp Press), Day Labor (with Phil Young, Serpent & Eagle Press), Two Dancers (with Charles Bremer, Woodland Arts) and others. His poetry has earned a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1996 Robert Penn Warren Award. He has written numerous essays on Caribbean and Native American literature, and edited several anthologies of those literatures, most recently Children of the Dragonfly (Univeristy of Arizona Press). His dance poetry has been shown in five exhibitions with photographs by Charles Bremer, in galleries that include the Bright Hill Literary Center and the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY. He is an invited member of the WordCraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. He directs the writing programs at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York.