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Faculty Profiles

Bob Mayberry
Associate Professor, English

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Education

MFA Theatre, U of Iowa, 1985
PhD English, U of Rhode Island, 1979

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Biography

Bob is currently working on a series of short stories about a baseball General Manager institutionalized in the Camarillo State Hospital, and a series of poems about baseball but imitating the poetic style of well-known poets. His latest published poem is entitled "Foul," about the Negro Baseball Leagues and written in the style of Allan Ginsberg's famous poem "Howl."

Bob hasn't written any new plays since the completion of his "Donner Party Cycle," which was produced at CSUCI in the spring of 2011 (part one, Eating Memory) and the fall of 2012 (part two, The End of the Trail).

In addition to directing the Donner Cycle, Bob has directed productions of two of his one-act plays, "Adiós, Cuba!" in the fall of 2011 (about 2 women who escape Cuba by raft) and "Rose is a Rose is a Rose" (about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas) in the fall of 2013.

In the spring of 2014, Bob is co-directing "Damn Yankees" with choreographer Heather Castillo and music director Craig Bickel. Heather and Craig know what they're doing; Bob is waiting for the third base coach to give him a sign.

Before the Performing Arts program was born, Bob produced CSUCI's Fall Festival of Short Plays (2004-2007) and co-authored and performed in "Breakfast at Bob's" (2008), a short collection of comic theatre pieces by Bob and two of his students.

Representative Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110 Detective Literature
  • ENGL 463 Writing for the Stage
  • ENGL 410 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 110 Baseball Literature

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Keywords

Baseball poetry; detective fiction; the plays of Beckett, Albee & Pinter; writing pedagogy

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