Discipline: Literature – poetry

Robert Colgate

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Toronto, CANADA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Rob Colgate is a disabled, bakla, Filipino-American poet. He holds a degree in psychology from Yale University and an M.F.A. in poetry and critical disability studies from the New Writers Project at UT Austin.

A Pushcart nominee, his work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Prairie Schooner, Washington Square Review, Sonora Review, and Adroit, among others. In addition to MacDowell, his writing has received support from Fulbright and The Kenyon Review.

He serves as assistant poetry editor at Foglifter Journal and as an editorial reader at POETRY Magazine. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Disability Studies and poet-in-residence at Tangled Art + Disability.

At MacDowell, Colgate completed a draft of his poetry collection Hardly Creatures. Poems from the collection are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Sewanee Review. The collection engages visual arts accessibility practices to explore modes of intimacy.


Monday Music

Robert Colgate worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, NJ, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The interior…

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