Cuscaden was born about 1931; his father, Henry,and his mother, Irvin, were both 21 years old. At the time of the 1940 census, he was 9 years old and lived in Wheeling, Illinois, with his parents and brother, Michael.
With Ron Offen, Cuscaden was the co-editor of Mainstream: A quarterly journal of poetry (1957), an early publisher of Richard Brautigan. Offen and Cuscaden were also co-editors of Odyssey: Explorations in contemporary poetry and the arts (1958-1959), which published the early work of Charles Bukowski, LeRoi Jones, David Ray, and others.
In the early 1960s Cuscaden edited the literary magazine Midwest: A magazine of poetry and opinion, contributors to which included Bukowski, Robert Bly, Cid Corman, Marvin Bell, and Lucien Stryk. Operating out of Chicago, he also published a chapbook series, Midwest Poetry Chapbooks, that included Bukowski's Run with the Hunted (1962).
- Ups and Downs of a Third Basemen. Webster City, IA: Firebird Imprints, 1963.
- Poem for a Ten-Pound Sailfish, and other sonnets. New Rochelle, NY: Elizabeth Press, 1963.
- 28 Poems. Sumac, MI: Sumac Press, 1966.
- ↑ Cuscaden, R. R. (Robin Reay), VIAF, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- ↑ Robin R Cuscaden (1931 - 2005), Ancient Faces. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- ↑ Robin Cuscaden in the 1940 Census, 1940 Census. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- ↑ Ron Offen, Wikipedia, August 24, 2018, Wikimedia Foundation. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- ↑ Midwest: A Magazine of Poetry and Opinion (Summer 1962, Number 4), Main Street Fine Books and Manuscripts. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- ↑ Run with the Hunted, Ed Smith Books. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- ↑ 28 poems, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- ↑ Search results = au:R R Cuscaden, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
- R.R. Cuscaden at Amazon.com
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