Appearances: Talks and Performances


I have lectured on various topics related to 19th-century American literature on topics like Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Margaret Fuller, Fanny Fern, the growth of the publishing industry and its technology throughout the century, and the impact the Civil War made on American writing. 


I have portrayed Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne in first-person programs since 2009.  My program is presented in a similar format popular for their period: A combination of the authors reading their works intermixed with commentary about their lives, associations, and literary theory. I most often work with museums, libraries, historic sites, and other community organizations... including many cemeteries. I have performed in 14 states (so far) -- and, through the miracles of modern technology, virtually as well.

My programs are generally 45 minutes long. A trademark of all my performances is a question-and-answer session. Please email me for more information: robvelella (at) gmail (dot) com. Or, take a look at my information sheet.

Oh, just don't call me an "impersonator"! We call it "living history."

I am a member of the group Solo Together. Visit their web site to learn about many other living history performers.