Robert Strong

2009 Hearst Fellow

Research at AAS


Bright Advent engages the 17th century translation and publication of the Bible into Algonquian in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the missionary work of the puritan “Apostle to the Indians” the Reverend John Eliot, and the linguistic brilliance of the native translator and Harvard student John Sassamon—the events, characters, and forces that led to King Phillips War in 1675. Bright Advent was awarded the Marie Alexander Poetry Series prize and was published by White Pine Press in 2017. Click here to read an excerpt from Bright Advent.


About the Fellow

Robert Strong is a poet, writer, and scholar widely recognized for his innovative work combining archival research and literary production. He has received fellowships for creative research from the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2003 and the American Antiquarian Society in 2009. He is also the founding editor of the Poetic Research column at Common-place, the journal of early American history and culture. His previous books include Puritan Spectacle, the anthology Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, the chapbook Brethren: Order of the Seasons, and the conceptual fiction Manufact Hologram. He lives in Maine.

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