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February 1, 2023, 7:00pm. Mi Element. Midland, MI. 


October 6, 2022, 7:00pm. Faculty Reading Series, Opperman Auditorium, Park Library, CMU, with Jeffrey Bean

July 22, 2022, 6:00pm. Poetry at the Dow. Dow Gardens, Midland, with Larry Levy, Christina Kallery, Skip Renker and others.


August 6, 2021, 8:00pm. Featured reader on TGI Cast (The Greatest Indoor Reading Series), hosted by Treena Thibodeau and Ridge Cresswell. 

July 9, 2021, 6:30pm. Poetry at the Dow. Dow Gardens, Midland, with Christina Kallery, Larry Levy, Skip Renker and Ray Lacina.

May 5, 2021, 7pm, EST. Literati Bookstore, with Zilka Joseph. Online @ Zoom. 

April 1, 2021, 7pm. Faculty Reading Series, CMU, with Darrin Doyle. Online @ Zoom. 

March 16 , 2021: 7pm, EST. Benefit, Friends of Theodore Roethke, with Rosie King. Online @ Zoom. 


December 8, 2020. 6pm, PST. Red Wheelbarrow Launch Reading. Hosted by Poetry Center San José and Works/San José, art and performance center. Online @ Zoom. 

October 17, 2020. 4pm. East Side Reading Series. Online @ Zoom.

July 14, 2020. Online @ Zoom. Benefit for NextGen.

April 18, 2020. (CANCELLED Due to Global Pandemic)  East Side Reading Series. The Commons, 7900 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI.

March 20, 2020. (CANCELLED Due to Global Pandemic) 7pm. Premiere of film/poem at “Filmetry” at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

February 20, 2020. 8pm. Faculty Reading Series at CMU, with Darrin Doyle.

February 12, 2020. 7pm. Wednesday Night Sessions. Panel of writers discussing writing and fatherhood. KickstART Gallery, 33304 Grand River, Farmington, MI.

February 11, 2020. 7pm. Reading “Ice Music,” poem by Terry Blackhawk @ Crescent Duo CD Release, Staples Music Center, Central Michigan University.


October 12, 2019. 7pm. North45East Poetry Series, @ the Art Loft, Alpena MI. w/ Keith Taylor, Dennis Hinrichsen, Marc Sheehan, David James and Christina Kallery.

October 10-13, 2019. 7pm. Lost Lake Writers Retreat, Alcona, MI. w/ Dorianne Laux, Irina Reyn.

October 3, 2019. 7pm. The Book Man in Grand Haven, MI. w/ Dennis Hinrichsen. Details to follow.

July 19, 2019: 7pm. Poetry at the Pines, Dow Gardens, Midland, MI. w/ Z.G. Tomaszewski, Skip Renker, and Larry Levy

July 11, 2019: 7-9pm.  White Whale Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA. w/ Charlie and Judy Brice, Kara Knickerbocker, Bob Walicki.

June 15, 2019: “Musings” Music and Poetry Series. Hannan House 4750 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

June 5, 2019: 7-8pm: Flying Bear Books, Newaygo, MI.

May 20, 2019: 7-9pm. Brain Candy: Live Readings, Poetry, Music and Art, Green Brain Comics. 13936 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn MI 48124. with Artist Denise Whitebread Fanning

May 14, 2019: Poetry Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Bookshop, Santa Cruz, CA. 7pm.

March 27-30, 2019. Associated Writing Programs Conference, Portland, OR. Launch of Severance, my fourth collection of poems.


July 28, 2018. 7pm. North45East Reading at Art in the Loft, Alpena, MI. with Keith Taylor, Dennis Hinrichsen, David James, Marc Sheehan.

July 20, 2018. 7pm. Poetry at the Pines. Dow Gardens, Midland. 

July 6-7, 2018. 7pm. World Premiere of “Shell and Wing,” a collaboration with composer David Biedenbender, performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. To read the poem and view the score, visit

April 26, 2018. 7pm. Bookbound Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI., with Zilka Joseph.

March 22, 2018, 8pm: Faculty Reading Series. Park Library, Central Michigan University, with Darrin Doyle

March 9, 2018. 6:00pm. Books and Mortar Bookstore, Grand Rapids, with ZG Tomaszewski and Kyle Vandeventer.

February 22, 2018. 7:30pm. Northern Michigan University Visiting Writer Series. Marquette, MI. With Randa Jarrar.

February 5, 2018. 7:00pm. Schuler’s Books and Cafe SE, 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49512. GLCL (Write 616) & Michigan Poet Benefit Reading, with Karen Carica.


September 30, 2017: Red Sky Stage, Petoskey, MI. With Jeffrey Bean, Judy Brice, and Charlie Brice.

September 17, 2017: Poetry at the Farmhouse, Franklin, MI. With Nandi Comer and David James.

September 10, 2017: Kerrytown Book Festival, Ann Arbor, MI.  A Panel of poets, featuring Robert Fanning, Cindy Hunter Morgan, Keith Taylor and ZG Tomaszewski. Moderated by Zilka Joseph.

August 7, 2017: 5pm. Michigan Poets Reading from anthology Michigan / Michigan in Poetry, sponsored by New Issues Press.  Leland Township Library.

July 8, 2017: 3pm. Reading by Robert Fanning, Charlie Brice, Judy Brice, Jason Irwin and Jen Ashburn. C.C. Mellow Library, Edgewood, Pittsburgh, PA.

June 24, 2017: 2pm, Reading by Robert Fanning and ZG Tomaszewski. Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI.

May 25, 2017. 8pm: Reading by Robert Fanning, Bancroft Crystal Ballroom, Saginaw, MI.

May 25, 2017. 2:00pm: Featured poet, Theodore Roethke Birthday Celebration, Roethke House, Saginaw, MI.

May 21, 2017. 2:00pm: Reading by Robert Fanning for “Musing” Series, Detroit. Hosted by Ann Holdreith. Hannan House 4750 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201.

May 20, 2017: Reading by Robert Fanning and Peter Markus, Pages Book Shop, 19560 Grand River, Detroit, MI. 

May 4, 2017: “Poetry at Literati,” Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor. Details TBD.

April 30, 2017, 3pm: Cellar 152, Sponsored by Elk Rapids Public Library, Elk Rapids, MI.

March 31, 2017, 7pm:  Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Boston, MA. 6 Plympton St, Cambridge, MA 02138

March 10, 2017, 6pm: Reading by Robert Fanning, ZG Tomaszewski and Eric Torgersen. Books and Mortar Bookstore, Grand Rapids, MI.

February 23, 2017, 8pm: Faculty reading with Matthew Roberson. Central Michigan University.


May 22, 2016, 2:00pm: Reading by Robert Fanning for “Musing” Series, Detroit. Hosted by Ann Holdreith. Hannan House 4750 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201.

April 2, 2016, 5pm: Launch of “Sheet Music,” a chapbook by Robert Fanning. Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, 758 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI.

January 16, 2016, 2pm: Launch of “The Michigan Poet, Collected Poems 2010-2015” (Anthology of Michigan Poets), Great Lakes Book and Supply, Big Rapids, MI.


October 15, 2015, 8pm: Faculty reading with Matthew Roberson. Central Michigan University.

October 1, 2015, 7pm: Springfed Ferndale Writing Series, with Dennis Hinrichsen and Janet Lawless. Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220.

July 23, 2015, 6:00pm: north45east Poetry Reading, ArtLoft, Alpena, MI. Robert Fanning, Keith Taylor, Dennis Hinrichsen, Janeen Rastall, John Buckley, David James.

June 18, 2015, 6:30pm: “A Circus of Poets: A reading by Robert Fanning, John Rybicki and Zachary Tomaszewski,” The Writers Hub, 758 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids

May 13, 2015, 5:30pm: Guest speaker/presenter for the launch of “To Start A Fire: 20 Years of InsideOut Literary Arts Project,” published by WSU Press on the Made in Michigan Writers Series. Trinosophes, Detroit.

May 7, 2015, 3pm: Salmon Book Shop, Ennistimon, County Clare, Ireland. In celebration of National Poetry Day in Ireland.

May 5, 2015, 11am: “On the Nail” Reading Series, sponsored by Limerick Writers Centre. The Locke Bar, Limerick, Ireland

April 13, 2015: Delta College, Bay City, MI


October 23, 2014: 7pm: Pea River Journal Fall Issue Launch reading, Theodore Roethke House, Saginaw.

October 9, 2014, 8pm: Reading with Matt Roberson, Central Michigan University.

June, 19, 2014: Reading with Keith Taylor, Alison Swan at the Theodore Roethke House, Saginaw.

March, 24, 2014: Wayne State University, 1:30pm

February 19, 2014, 8pm. Reading with Matt Roberson, Central Michigan University.


November 3, 2013: Harmony Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI. 8pm, (Poetry and Pints Series) with Diane Wakoski and Patricia Clark

November 21, 2013: Lansing’s Old Town, Lansing, MI. 7:30pm, (Launch for Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry, New Issues Press)

September 20, 2013: The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI.

August 8, 2013: Alpena Art Loft, Alpena, MI.

July 16, 2013: Sweetwaters Cafe, Ann Arbor, MI. (Skazat! Series)

May 29, 2013: Mentobe Cafe, Farmington, (Wednesday Night Sessions series)

May 16, 2013: Plymouth Coffee Bean Company

April 14, 2013: Literary Life, Grand Rapids

April 4, 2013, 8pm: Central Michigan University, with Matthew Roberson

March 26, 2013, 7pm: Alma College


October 5, 2012, 6pm: Detroit Artist’s Market. Opening for “Our Vision, Our Voice”

July 25, 2012: Reading and interview, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Featured on the show “The Poet and the Poem,” with host Grace Cavalieri.

May 20, 2012, 2pm: Guest reader at the Theodore Roethke annual Celebration, Saginaw, MI.

April 27, 2012, 7pm: Literary Life Bookstore, Grand Rapids, MI.

February 23, 2012, 8pm: Reading with Darrin Doyle at Central Michigan University.


October 19, 2011: Featured reader at the Woodward Line Series, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. (with Derek Burleson, Robert Lipton)

October 2, 2011: Featured reader at “Ode to Autumn” event @ Oaken Transformations Sculpture and Poetry Walk, 6893 Grand River, Brighton, MI. (Free and open to the public)

September 18, 2011: 2:30-4:30pm: Musings Series, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI.

August 7, 2011, 3-6pm: Workshop and Public Reading, Literary Life Bookstore, Grand Rapids, MI. (workshop costs a small fee–contact the bookstore; reading is free!)

July 30, 2011, 3-6pm: Poetry Reading @ Oaken Transformations Sculpture and Poetry Walk, 6893 Grand River Road, Brighton, MI (free)

July 15, 2011: “Heimat” Art Exhibit, Featured Reader, Esslingen, Germany

June 17, 2011: National Federation of State Poetry Societies Conference, Dearborn, MI

June 6, 2011: “Words in the Park” with Jeffrey Bean, Jeff VandeZande, Mt. Pleasant, MI

May 22, 2011: 1:00pm: Theodore Roethke Rouse, Saginaw, MI

May 19, 2011, 6:30pm: “Poets’ Follies” at the Ewald BranchPublic Library, Grosse Pointe, MI.(with Chad Sweeney and William Olsen)


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