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About Dr. Robert T. Rhode

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Curriculum Vitae

     Dr. Rhode earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is on the faculty of Northern Kentucky University. He has published 17 books. Several of them have been nominated for awards, and 2 have won awards. A list of titles appears below. Further, he has published an invited essay in Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom, an anthology featuring “North America’s foremost contemporary writers on the present rural experience”; 145 articles in books and magazines covering the subject of agriculture and literature; a chapter in the 175th Anniversary Edition of a book on the past of Warren County, Indiana; 43 scholarly articles; and over 20 poems in refereed journals. Sunrust devoted an issue to his poetry.

     He has presented his research, scholarly papers, and creative work at 22 national conferences. On 24 occasions, he has served as an invited speaker at academic gatherings. He has given 26 presentations at regional and state conferences. He has curated exhibitions on agricultural heritage, and he has assisted museums celebrating the agrarian legacy.

     He has acted original, one-person plays depicting the lives of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman. He performed over 30 productions as Whitman and 200 productions as Poe for a combined audience of over 20,000 people. In the spring of 1988, he performed for the Baltimore Poe Society, which named his play the authorized stage version of Poe’s life.

     In 2011, he was inducted into the Early Day Hall of Fame primarily for his publications on the steam era. In 2009, he was profiled in Indiana University’s Alumni Magazine, which presents only 18 profiles annually. In 2002, he was named a Presidential Ambassadors Lamplighter “Flame” Honoree. In 1995, he received the Strongest Influence Award, an honor given by NKU alumni. From 1990 through 1991, he served as the scholar for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to integrate scholarship and classroom practice through the study of Edgar Allan Poe’s works. He was the first director of NKU’s Honors Program. He has served for many years as an illustrator and commercial artist and has contributed drawings for numerous publications at NKU and throughout the nation.

1. The Chime of the Christmas Angel
2. The Steam Tractor Encyclopedia, New Expanded Edition (with John F. Spalding)
3. Kitchenary: The Persons, Places, and Things in Our Kitchens (award-nominated)
4. The Harvest Story: Recollections of Old-Time Threshermen (award-nominated)
5. Great Photographs of Farm Steam Engines from the Collection of John F. Spalding
    (with John F. Spalding)
6. Emma’s Gift from Africa (with Timothy W. Lyons)
7. Maggie Quick (award-nominated) (with Eleanor Y. Stewart)
8. Flyways: A Green Fable for Our Times (award-nominated) (with Eleanor Y. Stewart)
9. Desktop Grammarian for University Students (award-nominated)
    (with Eleanor Y. Stewart)
10. Desktop Grammarian for Homeschoolers (award-nominated)
     (with Eleanor Y. Stewart)
11. Desktop Grammarian for Editors (finalist in 2012 USA Book Awards in category
     of business reference) (with Eleanor Y. Stewart)
12. Desktop Grammarian Exercise Workbook (with Eleanor Y. Stewart)
13. Essential Grammar Tips (with Eleanor Y. Stewart)
14. The Steam Tractor Encyclopedia: Glory Days of the Invention That Changed
     Farming Forever
(with John F. Spalding)
15. Speak No Evil! (with Patricia C. Borne)
16. Your Personal Writing Workout (with Nancy D. Kersell)
17. Classic American Steamrollers, 1871-1935, Photo Archive (recipient of the Silver
     Jubilee Certificate, awarded by England’s Road Roller Association)
     (with Judge Raymond L. Drake)

Grateful As a Robin on Fresh-Plowed Ground 
By Patricia J. G. Ellis
(available in paperback )

Robert T. Rhode recommends this chapbook of poems by Patricia J. G. Ellis, who memorably expresses her upbringing in Kentucky through seasons of sorrow and joy. Patricia harvests a bounty of simple gladness from life’s stormy fields. Her book is a gift to those who love poems of heart, mind, and soul.


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