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Founder and Facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series, Robert Fanning is a Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is the author of five poetry collections, including four full-length collections: Severance (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), American Prophet (Marick Press), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music ( Three Bee Press), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, ShenandoahThe Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Poet and the Poem.” He lives in Mount Pleasant, with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.

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For further information about the Wellspring Literary Series, contact Robert directly at his email address: fanni1rj@cmich.edu