Dr. Robert Burdette Sweet co-founded Serpentine in June, 1996, and is responsible for all creative content and edition. He is a Professor Emeritus of English from the California State University at San Jose. He has published numerous books, including The Memory of Fire, The Mambo, Dame America, and White Sambo. Of his many short stories, some have been listed in volumes of the Best American Short Stories. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in magazines such as The Chelsea Review, Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, Kansas Quarterly, The James White Review, Poets On, Poet Lore, Christian Century, The New York Quarterly, and The Humanist. He is also author of Writing Towards Wisdom: The Writer as Shaman, an acclaimed analysis of the creative writing process. In addition, he paints, sculpts, and composes music.
Writing Towards Wisdom: The Writer as Shaman (1990) ... explores the elements of fiction, not merely as techniques, but as tools for personal integration and worldly understanding.
White Sambo (1993) ... offers a more powerful and touching vision of gay life than one could ever find in more politicized accounts.
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