Robert Moore



Humanities and Languages

Hazen Hall 116

Saint John
1 506 648 5635

Robert Moore is a Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

He received his MA and PhD from McMaster University. In 1990, after ten years as the Head of Drama at Augustana University in Alberta, he joined the UNB Saint John Faculty of Arts.

Dr. Moore is the author of a dozen plays, including Rougher Magic. A frequent contributor to Books in Canada, he's the founding Editor of Dianoia: A Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Journal. His poems have appeared in Descant, The Fiddlehead, Wascana Review, Contemporary Verse 2, The New Quarterly, Canadian Author, Prairie Fire, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Gaspereau Review and Quadrant.

In terms of creative writing, his first book of poetry, So Rarely in Our Skins (finalist for both the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award), came out in 2002. A second book of poetry, Museum Obsconditum, was released in 2006. His third, Figuring Ground, was released in the Spring of 2009, and his fourth, The Golden Book of Bovinities, appeared in 2012. His most recent work, Based on Actual Events, was released in 2016, from Signal Editions in Montreal.

Apart from creative writing, Dr. Moore's research interests include twentieth-century American literature, American film, literary theory (particularly the construction of masculinity), and postmodern fiction.


  • So Rarely in Our Skins, Signature Editions (2002)
  • Museum Absconditum, Wolsak & Wynn (2006)
  • Figuring Ground, Wolsak & Wynn (2009)
  • The Golden Book of Bovinities, Signal Editions (2012)
  • Based on Actual Events, Vehicule Press, Signal Editions (2016)
  • Sublimations of Sexuality: Exploring the Boundaries of the Erotic, Interdisciplinary Press, with Jon Braddy & K. Billy Huff (2016)

Book chapters, selected recent poetry, book reviews and articles

Three poems in Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, edited by Compton et al., Goose Lane Editions, 2002. ISBN 0-86492-313-9.

Interview in Meetings with Maritime Poets, edited by Anne Compton. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, ISBN 1-55041-996-X, 305-335. Featured Reader, WFNB Wordspring, AGM, Saint John, NB, May 9, 2009.

"Westward Ho!" Descant (Fall 09)

"Orison." Descant (Fall 09)

"Benedetti was a classicist." Descant (Fall 09)

"Excerpts from the Golden Book of Bovinities" Maissoneuve, Fall 08, pp. 23 - 24.

"same old, same old." Maissoneuve (Fall 04), p. 28.

"The Land of Lowell," a review of Robert Lowell's Collected Works and James, Bishop, Lowell & Co., Books in Canada, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 34 - 35.

"The Redress of the Selected," a review of Robert Priest's Blue Pyramids and John Steffler's New and Selected Poems, Books in Canada (December 03), Vol. 32, No. 9, pp. 39 - 40.

"Poems for the Soul Reborn into an Age of 'Stringent Myths': a review of richard Outram's Dove Legend, Books in Canada (September 02), Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 36 - 37.

"Truths Told Slant," a review of Marlene Cookshaw's Shameless, Norm Sacuta's Garments of the Known, and David McGimpsey's Hamburger Valley California, Books in Canada (March 03), Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 33 - 34.

"Plath and Hughes: A Special Case Indeed," Books in Canada (December 02), Vol. 31, No. 9, p. 36.

"A Writers Series from Guernica," Books in Canada (April 02), Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 23 - 33.

"The Very Age and Body: Naturalism and the Illusion of the Natural in Nineteenth-Century Theatre," Parabasis, Vol. 5, (1993), pp. 143 - 154.

"Reading Between the Canon and the Curriculum: Issues of Legibility and Legitimacy," English Studies in Canada, xvii, 4 (December 91), pp. 421 - 435.

"No Confucius in the Curriculum: Allan Bloom and the Closing of the American University." Dianoia, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 90), pp. 35 - 52.

Selected recent public presentations

Poetry and drama: playwright, director and actor

Featured Reader, Workshop Leader, The Frye Festival, Moncton, NB, April 2010.

Launch of Figuring Ground, Pearl Street Theatre, Hamilton, ON, April 29, 2009.

Reading at the Art Bar, Toronto, ON, April 27, 2009.

Launch of Figuring Ground, Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, Montreal, PQ, April 21, 2009.

Launch of Figuring Ground, Inprint Bookstore, Saint John, NB, April 9, 2009.

Featured Reader, St. Jerome's Reader's Series. St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, ON, November 12, 2007.

Featured Reader, Morris House Reading Series, Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, QC.

The Laramie Project (director and actor), Harbourview High School, Saint John, NB, March 26 - 29, 2003.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (director), St. Malachy's High School, Saint John, NB, November 23 - 26, 2003.

Endgame (director and actor), Samuel Beckett, Rothesay Netherwood School - Susan B. Irving Theatre, Rothesay, NB, March 17 - 19, 2004.

Rougher Magic, Playwright. Produced by Notable Acts Theatre Co. in the Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB, September 29 - October 2, 2004.

An Evening of One-Act Plays, (director and playwright of Mortal Remains), St. Malachy's High School, Saint John, NB, November 18 - 21, 2004.

Waiting for Godot, (director), St. Malachy's High School, Saint John, NB, November 24 - 26, 2005, and Memorial Hall, Fredericton, NB, December 2 - 3, 2005.

No Exit, (director), St. Malachy's High School, Saint John, NB, March 28 - 30, 2006.

Geography of a Horse Dreamer, (actor), UNB Fredericton - Memorial Hall, Fredericton, NB, April 17 - 20, 2008.

House by Daniel McIvor, (director), UNB Saint John - Hazen Hall, Saint John, NB, November 23 - 25, 2008.