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Professor of English



Robert Fanning is the author of six poetry collections, including four full-length collections: Severance (2019, Salmon Poetry, Ireland), Our Sudden Museum (2017, Salmon Poetry, Ireland), American Prophet (2009, Marick Press), and The Seed Thieves (2006, Marick Press), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (2015, Three Bee Press), and Old Bright Wheel (2002, Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in PoetryPloughsharesShenandoahThe Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program "The Poet and the Poem." A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is also the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.

  • Severance (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2019)
  • Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2017)
  • Sheet Music (Chapbook, Three Bee Press, 2015)
  •  American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009)
  • The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006)
  • Old Bright Wheel (Chapbook, The Ledge Press, 2002)​
  • Poetry Society of America
  • Academy of American Poets

Courses Taught

  • English 695: Graduate Seminar: The Craft of Poetry

  • English 692: Graduate Seminar: Writing Poetry

  • English 621: Graduate Seminar: Contemporary Poetry

  • English 492: Advanced Poetry Writing

  • English 392: Creative Writing Poetry

  • English 294: Introduction to Creative Writing

  • English 101: Composition​