acclaim for Rob Couteau's novel, Doctor Pluss:
beautiful, haunting prose. It's a great book."
A Biography of Paul Bowles
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Writers in Paris
Press / Bloomsbury)
freshness, richness and potency ...
An impressively creative writer, whom
Barney Rosset urged me to review."
-- Jim Feast,
of Neo Phobe
(with Ron Kolm; Autonomedia)
from his Evergreen
Pluss and Collected
Paris Journals begins
with Couteau's journey to the city of his distant ancestors. There, he lived a
dream: to successfully expatriate to France. In this and in the epistolary memoir,
Letters from Paris, we have a chronicle that is earthy and Rabelaisian
as well as reflective and philosophical. It includes portraits of an often bizarre
mentalité française; the expatriate's struggle to master his creative form;
and contemplations on art, literature, and culture. Meditations on spirituality
and mysticism alternate with erotic cameos rendered in a droll, sophisticated
yet vaudevillian manner.
was born in Brooklyn, NY, and studied fine arts at the State University of New
York, at New Paltz. In the mid-1980s he was director of a nonprofit agency that
provided advocacy, housing, and counselling for former psychiatric patients, in
New York City. In
1985 he won the Fourth Annual
North American Essay Award,
a competition open to writers throughout North America and sponsored by the American
Humanist Association. He has published poetry, fiction, essays,
and reviews in such publications as The
Alembic; Anima; Arete; Bloomsbury Review; Cadillac Cicatrix; Chrysalis; Colere;
Confluent Educational Journal; Croton Review; The European; Footwork; The Garden
State; The Hawaii Pacific Review; Heavenbone; The Humanist; The Journal of Contemporary
Psychotherapy; Lapis; Lift Magazine; New Leaves Review; The Paris Voice; Passager;
Quantum; Raintaxi; Rockhurst Review; Spring; Venice Magazine; Versitude; West
Hills Review; White Pelican Review; Xanadu; and Z Miscellaneous. |
After living in Paris for twelve years, he returned to the U.S. in December
2000. He currently resides in upstate New York.