Robert Thomas’ first book, Door to Door, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and published by Fordham University Press, and his second book, Dragging the Lake, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and won a Pushcart Prize.
Robert lives with his wife in Oakland, California, currently in the house where he was born although he has lived in many locations in Northern California, including the North Beach, Russian Hill, Upper Market, Outer Richmond, and Inner Sunset neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Robert has worked for several years as a legal secretary in San Francisco, unintentionally but inevitably gathering inspiration for Bridge, his first book of fiction (published by the amazing BOA Editions), following a distinguished tenure as a barista at Caffe Trieste and a disastrous one as a waiter at Luigi’s. Allen Ginsberg once told him he made a damn good caffe latte.