Robert Breen was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating from University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science. After his decade’s long career as a Boston firefighter, he retired, taking his love of writing to the next level by attending the summer writing program at Harvard University. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences judges unanimously decided for publishing the poem, “The Eighth Circle” in The Harvard Summer Review in 2000.
Robert’s firefighting helmet was memorialized by the poet, Seamus Heaney in his poem, “Helmet” and appears in Heaney’s book, District and Circles, honoring their heroic deeds. Under review is Robert’s manuscript, a memoir of his friendship with Seamus, containing encouraging letters to “Keep Caroling," with the storytelling of his evolving poetry. Currently he is writing a book of poetry and planning to submit for publication this year. He resides in Brunswick, Maine with his wife, Karen.