Robert Fanning is the author of seven poetry collections, including five full-length collections: Cage (forthcoming, Salmon Poetry, 2024), Severance (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2019), Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press, 2016), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Gulf CoastTHRUSH, DiodeWaxwingThe Atlanta Review, The Common, and many other journals. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is a Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the Founder and Facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series, and the Founder and Director of PEN/INSULA POETRY, a site for Michigan poets. He lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.


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