Robert R. Calder, born 1950 in the north of Lanarkshire, now freelances between the same place (though now called South Lanarkshire) and South Western Germany. He studied at Edinburgh University with George Davie, has published (and taught classes) on Scottish philosophy and intellectual life, written numerous reviews and literary criticism (Edwin Muir, W. S. Graham), a few tales and a fair amount of verse- variously collected and uncollected, including translations. He writes both in English and Scots
Associated with Chapman poetry magazine from the early 1970s, he became an editor through the 1980s and 90s, was also briefly editor of Lines Review, whilst further involved with the Edinburgh Review and other periodicals. He was an editor and a reader on various Scotsoun poetry recordings.
As a trained singer, he has worked with the band Avizandum and has been a staff music writer (jazz and folk) for the Chicago journal of global culture, PopMatters.
Elsewhere, he acts as J. F. Hendry’s literary executor, has edited Narcissism, Nihilism, Simplicity by the German exile psychotherapist K.M. Abenheimer (AUP, 1991) and lectured on a range of subjects in Germany, Poland, and at Oxford.
His one substantial verse collection remains Serapion (Chapman, 1996).