Ed Roberts (poet)

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Ed Roberts (born June 27, 1958 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American poet, writer and publisher currently based in Yukon, Oklahoma.[1][unreliable source?]

Early life[edit]

Ed Roberts was born June 27, 1958 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated Putnam City High School in 1976.[2] After a life-threatening illness in the year 2000 Roberts began to publicly share his poetry.[3]


Style and influences[edit]

His poems are mainly written in free verse,[3] ignoring traditional rules such as regular meter, rhyme, and alliteration. According to Roberts these characteristics of poetry "would not translate the same in other languages."[2] Roberts had a poem translated into Cherokee for inclusion in the anthology Amaravati Poetic Prism 2019.[3]

Roberts writing is influenced by his Oklahoma and Cherokee heritage.[3] He writes topical poetry about national and international cultural, political, and social issues. His work focuses on social issues such as drinking and driving and rape, as well as political and historical topics such as the Oklahoma City bombing, Iraq, hunger and poverty, and cultural discussions about poetry, art and science.

Publications and honors[edit]

Roberts has given readings and speeches about poetry in schools, universities and at poetry festivals. In 2005 Roberts represented the United States with nine other writers at the Odyssey International Festival in Amman, Jordan.[2][3]

He serves as the parliamentarian for the Poetry Society of Oklahoma.[4]

Roberts is the author of ten poetry collections. His debut collection A Poet's Last Stand published in 2002 contains poems and song lyrics written over a 25-year period. The Poetry For Life Project consisted of three books: The first book Poetry For Life contains poems dealing mainly with drug and alcohol abuse, the second book Save Our Selves deals with domestic abuse, suicide, and the loss of loved ones, and the third book A Walk Through Time is a collection of historical and political poems.

Roberts’ poems have also been published by The Poetic Voices Magazine and The Poetry Sharings Journal.[5]


Poetry for life series[edit]

  • Poetry For Life The Poetry For Life Project, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4243-2597-9
  • Save Our Selves
  • A Walk Through Time

Poetry collections[edit]


  • Iyengar-Paddy, Padmaja, ed. Amaravati Poetic Prism 2017 Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA), Vijayawada, 2017. ISBN 978-9386653277
  • Iyengar-Paddy, Padmaja, ed. Amaravati Poetic Prism 2018 Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA), Vijayawada, 2018. ISBN 978-9388125338
  • Iyengar-Paddy, Padmaja, ed. Amaravati Poetic Prism 2019 Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA), Vijayawada, 2020. ISBN 978-9353917920 [3]
  • Dravis, Betty and Von, Chase, eds. Dream Reachers II VonChasePublishing, 2011. ISBN 978-0982346471


  1. ^ Ed Roberts (amayhem) | LibraryThing Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  2. ^ a b c “City poet to attend Jordan festival”, The Oklahoman, August 21, 2005. Oklahoma City, OK
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hunter, Chad (14 May 2020). "Poet's work published in Cherokee language". Cherokee Phoenix. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Current Officers". Poetry Society of Oklahoma. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  5. ^ Chase, Von (2007). Your Chance to Hear the Last Panther Speak. Von Chase Publishing. ISBN 978-0976678700. Retrieved 14 June 2021.

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