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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Richard Robbins

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Distinguished Faculty - Richard Robbins

Richard Robbins Biography
College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato

rrobbinsRichard Robbins was raised in Southern California and Montana. He studied English at San Diego State University, and attended the University of Montana for his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Richard was a writer-in-residence for the Montana Arts Council from 1979-81, as well as an instructor later at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and Oregon State University. 

He began teaching at MSU, Mankato, in 1984.
Richard has published five collections of poetry, over 400 individual poems in literary journals, and dozens of works of fiction and creative nonfiction during his career. He has read his work at venues such as the U.S. Naval Academy, Reed College, the University of California, and the National Arts Club.
Mr. Robbins has received many awards and fellowships, and currently directs the Creative Writing program and Good Thunder Reading Series at MSU, Mankato. 

At the moment, he is working on two new books of poems.

“I am the kind of writer who never tires of discovering new material to work with, and the kind of teaching writer who attempts to set a positive example for students of activity, engagement, and accomplishment.”


More information about Richard’s educational, professional and publication activity can be found at: .


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Awards and Grants:

Distinguished Faculty Scholar AwardMcKnight Foundation FellowshipMinnesota State Arts Board FellowshipHawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers FellowshipPoetry Society of America AwardsThe National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Poetry Collections: