Poetry Is Productions brings poetry into all that we do, be it theatre, film, dance, publishing, or a new project.

With our name borrowed from a poet’s manifesto, our goal is to create art with a broadened sense of the definition of what “Poetry Is.”

(For You. For Me. For All.)

Founding Artistic Director

Robert Eric Shoemaker is a poet-playwright, translator, educator, and theatre artist. Eric holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and is a student in the PhD Humanities program at the University of Louisville. Eric’s work focuses on magic in poetry, hybrid forms, queerness and literature, and community poetics. Eric has published two books, We Knew No Mortality (2018) and 30 Days Dry (2015). A third book of hybrid writing on Venice and climate change, Ca’Venezia, is due for publication in late 2019. Eric has featured scholarly work in Signs and Society; translations in Asymptote; Exchanges; The Adirondack Review; and Columbia Journal; poetry in Bombay Gin; The Gordian Review; Barely South Review; Verde Qué Te Quiero Verde; Kairos; and other journals; and essays in Mount Analogue; Roar; and other journals. Eric’s translation of Federico García Lorca’s “Yerma” won the inaugural Orinda Award for Best New Translated Play from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America. Eric is also the author of the duet musical “PLATH/HUGHES”, which was awarded the 2014 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Best Play. Eric is the Poetry Editor for the journal Plath Profiles, Artistic Director of Poetry Is Produdctions, and serves as a member of the University of Chicago Arts Alumni Board and of the Sarabande Books Young Professionals Board. Follow his work at reshoemaker.com.

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