A Writer's Website
Formerly writing as Bob Knotts, Robert Spencer Knotts is among fewer than 50,000 Americans whose biography is included in the Marquis "Who's Who In America" and "Who's Who in the World," the standard biographical references. (The New York Times wrote that the Marquis "Who's Who In America" remains "that venerable guide to American achievement ... as much V.I.P. room as reference room.")
In 2019, Marquis honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award, given to fewer than 5 percent of all those listed in their "Who's Who" volumes.
His 2004 script, "Empath 52 Equals You," offers narrative and educational innovations that have attracted interest from the National Science Foundation and universities.
Knotts belongs to the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild of America and was peer-elected to the distinguished writers' organization, PEN -- an acronym for "Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists." In 2005, he was elected an officer of PEN'S Florida chapter.
For the past 14 years, Robert Spencer Knotts' writing and music have been showcased through the Southern Arts Federation following his selection by the state of Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs.
KNOTTS NEWS, July 2019: Following more than 45 years of research and five years of writing, the new book by Robert Spencer Knotts now is available: "Beyond Me: Dissecting Ego to Find the Innate Love at Humanity's Core (A New Psychology as Philosophy)." Everybody knows human beings are insecure by nature. We are selfish often, frequently violent, egocentric and self interested… It is human nature afterall. Except that it isn't. Beyond Me makes the bold argument that this is not true, not human nature at all. Rather these and similar destructive tendencies are learned through our struggles for individual identity, which we accumulate from infancy onward. "Beyond Me" is available in e-book and print versions on Amazon. Click here to visit the "Beyond Me" page on Amazon. And also please visit the website of the Humanity Project, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that Knotts founded nearly 14 years ago. Simply click on the link below.
REVIEWS FOR "NEVER NOTHIN' AGAIN NO MORE"
Knotts' play on teen suicide is available at no cost to schools and nonprofit groups interested in productions. Psychologists and therapists believe it literally saved lives in South Florida by providing a vehicle for open discussion with individuals at risk of suicide.
"Powerful...gripping...hard-hitting! ... How deeply Knotts taps the adolescent psyche comes through in the climax." -- The Miami Herald
"Breaks entirely fresh theatrical ground! ... An engaging and powerful drama that confronts a pressing social issue in unblinking fashion. To our mind at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, this seems a combination that makes for both entertaining and important theatre." -- Arnold Mittelman, Producing Artistic Director, Coconut Grove Playhouse
"It is a very strong piece of work, forceful and brave about the emotional reality of teenagers and the allure of suicide and yet never preachy or false." -- Elissa Adams, Director of New Play Development, The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis
"I highly recommend Robert Spencer Knotts' powerful play about teen suicide! ... I know his imaginative theater work from having seen a production of 'Never Nothin' Again No More' and have also now become familiar with some of his other work. His is truly an original voice in the American theater!" -- Robert Kalfin, Broadway and Off-Broadway director, founder and artistic director of the N.Y. Chelsea Theater Center
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