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William P. Robertson: Bio

 

BIOGRAPHY


William P. Robertson was born in 1950 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Mansfield University in 1972 with a B.S. in English. Since college, he has worked in factories, taught high school English, and run a successful house painting business. An avid fisherman and hunter, Bill is quite the outdoorsman. He is also a French & Indian War and Civil War reenactor. He belongs to the Company I Bucktail unit of McKean County, Pennsylvania. His other hobbies include following the Pittsburgh Pirates and taking spooky photos of his desolate mountain area.

Robertson began freelancing short stories, poetry, and articles in 1978. His work has now appeared in over 500 magazines, e-zines, and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. His other writing credits include eleven poetry collections, three audio books, twelve e-books, six volumes of short stories, a Viking novel, two French and Indian War novels, and nine historical fiction novels about the famous Civil War sharpshooters--the Bucktails.

To promote his writing, Robertson has given numerous presentations to schools, historical societies, scouting groups, and libraries. He was a featured speaker at the 2003 Bucktail Educational Conference held at Shippensburg University, at the 2007 AMART Civil War Conference hosted by Temple University, and at the Pennsylvania Association of School Retiree's Convention in Gettysburg in 2008. In addition, Bill has appeared on the "Yada Yada Yada" reading motivation TV show on Time Warner Cable's Channel 6, on the "Crossroads" TV show broadcast by Channel 13 in Buffalo, New York, on the WPSX Channel 3 "Take Note" show, and on the "Conversations" TV talk show sponsored by Mansfield University and aired on the Blue Ridge Cable network and YouTube. In December 2012, Robertson delivered the commencement address at the 148th Mansfield University graduation ceremony. 



PUBLISHED WORKS


Poetry Volumes:

BURIAL GROUNDS (Triton Press, 1977)

GARDEZ AU FROID (Triton Press, 1979)

ANIMAL COMFORTS (Vega Press, 1981)

LIFE AFTER SEX LIFE (Four Winds Press, 1983)

WATERS BOIL BLOODY (Robyl Press, 1990)

1066 (Robyl Press, 1992)

HEARSE VERSE (Robyl Press, 1994)

THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL & FANTASY BATTLE VERSE (Robyl Press, 1996)

DESOLATE LANDSCAPES (Robyl Press, 1997)

BONE MARROW DRIVE (Chuck's Electronic Press, 1997)

GHOSTS OF A BROKEN HEART (Infinity Publishing, 2005)


Audio Books (Co-written with ShadowFox):

GASP! (Robyl Press, 1999)

UNTIL DEATH DO IMPART (Robyl Press, 2002)

 

Audio Books

BUCKTAIL TALES (Robyl Press, 2013)


Novels (Co-written with David Rimer):

HAYFOOT, STRAWFOOT: THE BUCKTAIL RECRUITS (White Mane Publishing, 2002)

THE BUCKTAILS' SHENANDOAH MARCH (White Mane Publishing, 2002)

THE BUCKTAILS: PERILS ON THE PENINSULA (Infinity Publishing, 2006)

THE BUCKTAILS' ANTIETAM TRIALS (White Mane Publishing, 2006)

THE BATTLING BUCKTAILS AT FREDERICKSBURG (White Mane Publishing, 2006)

THE BUCKTAILS AT THE DEVIL'S DEN (Infinity Publishing, 2007)

THE BUCKTAILS' LAST CALL (Infinity Publishing, 2007)

AMBUSH IN THE ALLEGHENIES (Infinity Publishing, 2008)

ATTACK IN THE ALLEGHENIES (Infinity Publishing, 2010)

THE BUCKTAIL BROTHERS OF THE FIGHTING 149TH (Infinity Publishing, 2011)


Novels

THE BUCKTAIL BROTHERS: BRAVE MEN'S BLOOD (Infinity Publishing, 2012)

 

Novels (Co-written with Fiona Ingram & David Cox):

THIS ENCHANTED LAND: THE SAGA OF DANE WULFDIN (Infinity Publishing, 2010)


Short Story Collections:

LURKING IN PENNSYLVANIA (Infinity Publishing, 2004)

DARK HAUNTED DAY (Infinity Publishing, 2006)

TERROR TIME (Infinity Publishing, 2009)

THE DEAD OF WINTER (Infinity Publishing, 2010)

TERROR TIME 2nd Edition (Infinity Publishing, 2013)

SEASON OF DOOM (Infinity Publishing, 2013)


E-Books:

THE BUCKTAILS AT THE DEVIL'S DEN (Infinity Publishing, 2010)

THIS ENCHANTED LAND: THE SAGA OF DANE WULFDIN (Infinity Publishing, 2010)

DARK HAUNTED DAY (Infinity Publishing, 2010)

LURKING IN PENNSYLVANIA (Infinity Publishing, 2010)

THE DEAD OF WINTER (Infinity Publishing, 2012)

AMBUSH IN THE ALLEGHENIES (BookBaby, 2012)

ATTACK IN THE ALLEGHENIES (BookBaby, 2012)

THE BUCKTAIL BROTHERS SERIES (BookBaby, 2012)

THE BUCKTAILS' LAST CALL (BookBaby, 2013

TERROR TIME 2nd Edition (BookBaby, 2013)

THE BUCKTAILS: PERILS ON THE PENINSULA (Infinity Publishing, 2013)

SEASON OF DOOM (Infinity Publishing, 2013)

 

Board Games:

A BUCKTAIL CIVIL WAR GAME: ESCAPE FROM THE PENINSULA (The Game Crafter, 2013)


 

LITERARY AWARDS:


1. First place in REALITIES LIBRARY's June 1979 poetry contest

2. Second prize in VEGA MAGAZINE's March 1981 love poem contest

3. Second prize in the Fall 1987 WRITER'S PLACE POETRY CONTEST sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, PA

4. Second prize in TRIALITY'S November 1989 horror poem contest

5. Second prize in the Fall 1993 CONTEMPORARY POETS OF AMERICA & BRITAIN POETRY CONTEST sponsored by Dorrance Publishing Company

6. Second prize in SHADOW SWORD MAGAZINE's Competition for Finest Poet of the Year 1993-1994

7. Third Place in the 1997 BLACK ARROW PRESS chapbook contest

8. First place in the Smethport, PA SESQUICENTENNIAL POETRY CONTEST, June 23, 2003

9. Numerous prizes for song lyrics in the AMERICAN SONG FESTIVAL and MUSIC CITY SONG FESTIVAL competitions

10. THE BUCKTAILS AT THE DEVIL'S DEN was a finalist in Best Books 2007 Awards sponsored by USABookNews.com