2011-2012 Visiting Assistant Professor in Poetry
Michael Robins is the author of Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011), the chapbook Circus (Flying Guillotine Press, 2009), and The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Boston Review, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, Ploughshares and elsewhere. His short essays and book reviews have appeared in journals such as MAKE, Poets for Living Waters, Redactions, and in the anthology The Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal Press, 2010).
Of Robins’ first collection, Bob Hicok writes, “The originality of his language and seductiveness of his rhythms make it feel as if I’ve been given access to a consciousness related to but not limited by waking life.” John Yau notes, "With the precision of a diamond cutter, Michael Robins taps into the harsh murmurs of the daily world."
Born in Portland, Oregon, Robins holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 2007, he received a Finalist Award from the Illinois Arts Council, and in 2011, a Presidential Grant from Columbia College Chicago. Robins is a contributing editor at Born Magazine, a hybrid journal of literary arts and interactive media (www.bornmagazine.org), and currently lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.
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