Robert Lax


This website is run by Michael N. McGregor, who is a Professor of English and Creative Writing and a former Director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon and has taught writing and literature at Columbia University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Oregon’s Study Abroad program in Italy. His essays, articles and short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, earning him writing awards from Oregon Literary Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and Image literary journal. A four-time recipient of Portland State University’s John Elliot Allen Award for Outstanding Teaching, he serves as a summer writing coach at the Collegeville Institute at St. John’s University in Minnesota and a writing consultant for independent writers.

Before earning his MFA, McGregor worked as a lecturer and guide for European tours and editor-in-chief of World Concern magazine. He has written about theater and other arts for the Oregonian and Seattle Weekly newspapers and served on the Portland Drammy Awards Committee as well as the Oregon Book Awards Advisory Committee. In addition to writing about Robert Lax and his friend Thomas Merton for several publications, McGregor has lectured on both men at universities, conferences and community events. He is a member of Biographers International Organization and the International Thomas Merton Society.

During the last fifteen years of Lax’s life, McGregor visited him every year on the Greek island of Patmos.

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