His poem, "When Icarus turns ninety" is written to a painting by Stephen Schroeder. It is one of 42 ekphrastic works in Dean's forthcoming book, The Aerialist Will not be Performing: ekphrastic poems and flash fictions to the art of Steven Schroeder, to be published spring 2020.
Robert L. Dean is the author of At the Lake with Heisenberg (Spartan Press, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flint Hills Review, I-70 Review, Chiron Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Shot Glass, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, KYSO Flash, River City Poetry, Heartland! Poetry of Love, Resistance & Solidarity, and the Wichita Broadside Project. He is a multiple Best of the Net nominee and a Pushcart nominee for 2019. He was a quarter-finalist in the 2018 Nimrod Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. His second book, The Aerialist Will not be Performing, ekphrastic poems and short fictions to the art of Steven Schroeder, will be out in 2020. He is event coordinator for Epistrophy: An Afternoon of Poetry and Improvised Music, held annually in Wichita, Kansas. He has been a professional musician and worked at The Dallas Morning News. He lives in Augusta, Kansas.