Robert Stewart

Associate Research Professor
Editor-in-Chief New Letters, New Letters on the Air, BkMk Press

Office: 222 University House
Ph: 816-235-2610


Robert Stewart came to UMKC in 1976 and left in 1980; he returned in 1985, to specialize in poetry and nonfiction writing, magazine and books editing and publishing, as well as teaching, running multiple conferences and public events. In 2007, he was a finalist for the nation’s highest editorial award, the National Magazine Award; in 2008, he won the award in the essay category.  He has written and received dozens of grants from state and national arts councils.

Academic Credentials

M.A. in Literature


Poetry writing, magazine writing, magazine editing, publication practicum


National Magazine Award, finalist 2007, winner 2008
Thorpe Menn Award for Literery Excellence, winner 2004
PEN America Essay Award, finalist 2004


Poetry and essay publications in Iowa Review, Connecticut Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, and so on. Books include Working Class (poems, Stephen F. Austen State University Press, 2018), Plumbers (poems, BkMk Press, revised 2017), The Narrow Gate: Writing, Art & Values (essays, Serving House Books, 2014); Outside Language: Essays (Helicon Nine, 2003).