Not many writers are willing to get tackled regularly for their art, but Assistant Professor of English Robert Cowser is. He's not only the treasurer of the newest semi-pro team in the Empire Football League, he's also a player.

Cowser, offensive lineman/defensive lineman for the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers, has also played for the semi-pro Red and Black in Watertown, New York. The new team features players from all over the North Country region.

Cowser's teaching and research interests include creative nonfiction, (particularly memoir and literary journalism), poetry, and later American literature. His essays and reviews have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, Missouri Review, American Literary Review and Prairie Schooner, and his essay "Scorekeeping" appeared alongside the work of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford in Connecting, an anthology of writing about family. He plans to write about his experiences on the semi-pro gridiron in a book. An Academy of American Poets prizewinner and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Cowser holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Nebraska.

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Posted: July 10, 2002

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