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Robert Francis Flor, Ph.D
Robert is a Seattle native raised in the city’s Central Area and Rainier Valley. His poems appeared in the Soundings Review, Four Cornered Universe, 4 and 20 Journal, the Wanderlust Journal, the Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry Review, Poets Against the War, the Seattle Post Intelligencer (2005) and the Field of Mirrors anthology (2008). In 2012, several poems will be published in two anthologies “Voices of the Asian American Experience” by the University of Santa Cruz and “Where Are You From?” the Thymos Book Project, Portland, Oregon. His poetry chapbook "Alaskero Memories" was published in 2016 by Caryan Press.
He is developing plays about the Filipino community in Seattle. “The FAYTs - (The Filipino American Young Turks) is his second full-length play completed in 2013. It received three readings in 2018 at Burien Actors Theatre, the Pagdiriwang Festival @ Seattle Center and the UW Ethnic Cultural Theater in revision process with The Umbrella Project and the Dramatist Guild Institute. His first play “Daniel’s Mood – Mestizos” , a Studio Lab selection at Freehold Theatre, was published in 2011. “My Uncle’s Letters” , “Pinoys Play Baseball” are in revision status. “Silk and War”, “Enfield in Abbysinia” and “Enfield and the Burma Theater” a series of World War II plays are in conversion to radio plays. “The Injury” a ten minute play was performed in the Eclectic Theater Festival in Seattle in 2013. “Pinoy Hill” a recently completed ten minute play was performed in the 2014 Eclectic Theater Festival. His ten minute play "Salamangka's Barber Shop" was read at Burien Actors Theatre in 2015 a sequel, "Salamangka Returns", is in development. "Pinakbet" another short play was performed at the Eclectic Theatre in 2015. The short plays were prerformed in 2018 as a fundraiser for the Filipino Community Center's Senior Village Project. "Mabuhay Majesty" a full-length play was performed in September 2017 at the Rainier Arts Center. It may be viewed on Seattlechannel.org. He recently adopted three childrens plays "The Monkey and the Turtle" , "The Carabao-Turtle Race" and "The Hermits Three Wishes" for stage from Filipino folktales. These were used in a theater class for children at the Filipino Community Center of Seattle in 2018.
He graduated from the Artist Trust 2010 EDGE Writers Development Program and a former board member of ArtsWest Theater. He co-chairs Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts, a Filipino artist & writers organization. He was the Poets and Writers, Inc. Writer in Residence in April 2012. In 2017-18, he receive a 4Culture Fellowship to further his art. Bob is also a member of the American Writers & Writing Programs, Theatre Puget Sound, Seattle Playwrights Studio and the Dramatist Guild of America.
Professions/skills: Writer;Producer;Playwright;Grant Writer