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Professor of English



Robert Fanning is the author of five full-length collections of poetry: Cage, Severance, Our Sudden Museum, American Prophet, and The Seed Thieves, as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music, and Old Bright Wheel. His poems have appeared in many prominent national journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, The Atlanta Review, Waxwing, THRUSH, Diode, The Cortland Review, The Common, and many others. He is the Founder/Facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., and the Director of PEN/INSULA POETRY, a resource for Michigan poets.


  • Cage (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2024)
  • 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​