Ken Robbins has been busy writing and editing lately and making news. Robbins is the author of a NewSouth-published novel called The City of Churches, a fictional account of two men whose lives were forever changed by a civil rights-related church bombing in a story inspired by real events that happened at the Sixteenth Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
Recently, Robbins’s play In The River has been performed in Washington, D.C., as part of the Source Theatre Festival and was selected for publication in “Literary Laundry,” an online journal published out of Stanford University.
In her review for the Source Theatre Festival, Debbie Jackson said:
… “In the River” by Ken Robbins, directed by Mellissa-Leigh Bustamante and Kjerstin Lysne, is the most mesmerizing piece I’ve seen that covers disturbing cultural alliances fueled by ancient tribal hatreds, within a Slovak and middle eastern context, that is so experiential it almost defies description. It is exquisitely performed by Robert Bromley as the Fisherman and Kelly Mayfield as the River with couplets of characters offering asides, commentary and observations, and an emotional impact that must be seen to be believed.
Robbins also had his essay “The Healing Power of Butoh” published by Cambridge Scholars Press as a segment in Performing Consciousness.
In addition, Robbins and his wife, Dorothy Dodge Robbins, edited Christmas Stories from Ohio, newly published last year by Kent State University Press. The book was honored as the Book of the Year for Literary Anthologies by USABookNews.com.