Robert Vivian’s latest collection of dervish essays, Immortal Soft-Spoken, was published by Awst Press in June 2018. He’s contracted with co-editor Joel Peckham for an anthology called Wild Gods: Ecstatic Writing in Contemporary Prose and Poetry with New Rivers Press. Vivian’s forthcoming book, All I Feel Is Rivers, a new collection of dervish essays, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2020.

Vivian’s collection of prose poems, Mystery My Country, and Traversings, a book co-written with Richard Jackson, were published in 2016. He is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy—The Mover of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom, in addition to the novel Water and Abandon. He’s also written two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap as Yearning and The Least Cricket of Evening. Several of his plays have been produced in New York City and his monologues have been published in the Best Monologues series. His essays, poems, and stories have been published in Harper’s, Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, Alaska Quarterly, Ecotone, and dozens of other journals. He is the chair of the English department at Alma College in Michigan and has taught several times at various universities in Turkey, especially in Samsun, Turkey.


PhD - Creative Writing | University of Nebraska, Lincoln

MA - English | University of Nebraska, Omaha

BA - English | University of Nebraska, Omaha

Connie May Fowler

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Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]; International MFA

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Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

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