Roy J. Beckemeyer is a retired aeronautical engineer / Boeing Company executive. In his post-professional life, he has been a scientific journal editor, a researcher who has studied extant dragonflies and Paleozoic fossil insects. He has described and named from fossils more than twenty new species of Paleozoic insects. He is also a nature photographer, writer, award-winning poet, and poetry reviewer and editor. His poems have appeared in half a dozen anthologies and many print and online journals. His debut poetry collection, Music I Once Could Dance To (2014, Coal City Press) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book. He recently co-edited Kansas Time+Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry (2017, Little Balkans Press) with Kansas Poet Laureate Emerita Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. His latest publication is a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry inspired by abstract and impressionist artists’ depictions of angels titled Amanuensis Angel (Spartan Press, 2018).
He began writing poems to his high school sweetheart, Pat, now his wife of over 55 years. They have lived in Kansas for over 50 of those years, and have traveled widely, from Antarctica to Kamchatka, Belize to Vanuatu. He blogs at https://phanaerozoic.blog/.
- Link to Roy J. Beckemeyer’s entry at the Map of Kansas Literature webpage.
- Link to Miranda Ericsson’s Interview with Roy Beckemeyer at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s webpage.
- Link to Emporia Gazette 6/21/2017 article, “Plan for Poetry Sunday Afternoon,” about his reading at the William Allen White House Poetry on the Porch Series.
- Link to List of Roy J. Beckemeyer’s Scientific and Technical Publications, including several which address aspects of the history of science.