1. Poems performed publicly, published in small press. (Aileron, Arx, Analecta, Riata),
2. Mehy in his Carriage, Summit Press, Austin, 1968. An anthology of seven Texas poets.
3. Five professional articles published in Texas Classics in Action and The Texas Humanist,
1983-1986. History of Latin education in Texas.
4. The Arsonist, Aileron Press, Austin, 1984 Order a copy $7.00 includes handling.
5. Song of the Balcones, CD, Austin, 2002. Selections recited live with a jazz band, from a 1988
KUT FM broadcast.
6. Writing samples posted online on website: www.boganstrictor.com, 2004 to present.
7. Rugged Trumpet, CD, Austin 2011.
8. Review of Rugged Trumpet in Jazz Times, 2012.
9. Interview in All About Jazz, 2012.
10.Interview in Jazz Corner, 2012
11. Kitchen Mesa, Video, Ghost Ranch Multi Media Artists, 2014.
Robert Clay Bogan has lived most of his life in Texas where he was born in 1946. He earned
a BA in English and Latin from The University of Texas at Austin; where he also received the
Christopher Morley Award for Poetry. In 1976 he began a 32-year career teaching foreign
language (Latin, German, Spanish, Greek, English). Bogan has produced three novels, one
short novel, two books of poetry and two CDs. Currently he is preparing the musical score
for Song of the Balcones.
H.W., Wavelength (June17, 2012): You've been part of the Austin poetry scene since the
'60s. How would you describe it back then? Was it all directly influenced by the likes of Allen
Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs?
R.B.: I grew up in Austin and entered The University of Texas in 1964. Before long I found
the Chuck Wagon, a large dining area in the Student Union set aside for undergraduates. You
could say this glass and linoleum hall was the cradle of the Austin Slacker. Any time of day,
six days a week, the place was humming. Plastic tables and booths were crowded with
people of all ages and backgrounds debating the universe. The Wurlitzer throbbed hit songs
for nickel a pop. Aspiring writers competed, developed their skills. Since the Beat poets
were the previous generation, they got special attention. If you hadnt read Howl and Naked
Lunch, you got nowhere.
Close to campus were two coffee houses, Ichthus and The Id, that hosted poetry readings and
live music. Venues for music and poetry performance help build a rich cultural community.
Austin's circle of poets included the cosmopolitan Fania Feldman Kruger, the academic
William Burford, the traditional Thomas Whitbread, and the hip Albert Huffstickler whom I
met in 1965 beginning a 20-year friendship.
Also at this time, Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall and the 13th Floor Elevators were electrifying
the revelers in cavernous Vulcan Gas Company downtown, under the spell of resident wizard
Albert Huffstickler and Robert Bogan, Austin c1974, drawing by Cecile Kunz Bogan