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About MeProf. Robinson previously taught for seven years at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as an assistant director of their First Year Writing Program. Before that he taught for four years at The Ohio State University, where he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing. His poems have been published in several nationally distributed literary magazines, including RATTLE, Poetry Northwest, The American Literary Review, Third Coast, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. His poem "The Design of To-Morrow" has been selected and republished by Poetry Daily and his poem "A Motif" has been selected by Educational Testing Services for use on the reading comprehension section of their standardized tests. He teaches Rhetoric and Composition, 20th Century Poetry, The History and Study of the English Language, Creative Writing, and a variety of liberal arts courses. His most recent publication, a case study of writing assessment at Calumet College, was published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He is happily married, has three children, and still loves the food at the ballpark.
Educational BackgroundKirk Robinson received his MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University in 1998 and his B.A. from Webster University in 1993. He has also been a resident of the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and has a learned a great deal from librarians.
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Spring 2014 Courses:
Engl 107H — Honors Academic Reading and Writing
Engl 250 — Introduction to Literary Studies
Engl 410 — Editing
Engl 435 — Advanced Creative Writing
Publications and Presentations
Robinson, Kirk. “AM Radio: North America” and “What Brought the Helicopter Down.” The Borderlands North Project. The University of Notre Dame. May, 2013. Print.
Robinson, Kirk. “A Motif.” Think. Read. Talk. Indiana Humanities Council, April, 2013. Web.
Robinson, Kirk. “Woman, Asleep, With Her Head Resting On The Classics of Western Drama.” Think. Read. Talk. Indiana Humanities Council. April 2012. Web.
Robinson, Kirk. “Ways.” Spoon River Poetry Review 37.1 Spring, 2012: 76. Print.
Robinson, Kirk. “The Breaks.” RATTLE: Poetry for the 21st Century 17.1, Summer, 2011. Print
Robinson, Kirk. “A Motif”, 2009, selected by editors from the testing corporation Educational Testing Services as an ongoing part of their nationally administered PSAT test (reading comprehension section.), 2004-present. Print
Robinson, Kirk. “The Design of To-Morrow”, “Dead Man’s Hand” and “What Brought the Helicopter Down.” The Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 1999. Print.
Robinson, Kirk. “Girl, 12” and “Bolero.” Third Coast, Fall 1999. Print
Robinson, Kirk. “Woman, Asleep, with her Head Resting on The Classics of Western Drama.” Poetry Northwest, Spring 1998. Print.
Robinson, Kirk. “Sweetness” and “Love Poem with Crutches.” The American Literary Review, Fall 1997. Print.
Robinson, Kirk. “Seeing IS Believing; Dubious Sources and Critical Engagement.” Annual Conference, Milwaukee: Midwest Modern Language Association. Print.
Accepted. Scheduled for 11/7/2013.
Robinson, Kirk. “The VALUE Rubrics at Calumet College of St. Joseph.” Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment. Washington D.C., The Association of American Colleges and Universities. 2013. Print.
Academic Presentations and Invited Talks
Keynote Speaker, “Turn the Knob, A Creative Writing Workshop,” The Indiana Writer’s Consortium, January 25th, 2014
“Six Poems and How they Came to Be.” Classroom Presentation, Indiana University Northwest, w/Professor William Allegrezza of IUN. October 14th, 2013.
“Seeing IS Believing; Dubious Sources and Critical Engagement.” Annual Conference, Milwaukee: Midwest Modern Language Association. Conference Presentation. November 13th, 2013.
The Borderlands North Project. The University of Notre Dame, Debartolo Hall, 7 p.m. March 27, 2013. Live Performance of “What Brought the Helicopter Down” and “AM Radio: North America.”
Krall-Lanoue, Aimee; Robinson, Kirk; Rodriguez, Ginger. “A Unique Approach to General Education Revision: Junior Faculty at the Helm.” General Education 3.0: Next-Level Practices Now, American Association of Colleges & Universities, March, 2011.
Kovach, Joseph with, Crist, Joan; da Silva, Alex; Robinson, Kirk; and Rodriguez, Ginger. General Education Reform, The Higher Learning Commission, April, 2011. Presented a panel discussion on an innovative approach to general education reform, in which the junior faculty of an institution direct and guide reform.
English and Creative Writing Blog
Monday 2, 2013
Please don’t hesitate to contact me, my office hours are:
M/W – 12pm to 1:30pm AND 3:30pm to 4:30pm; T/TH – 2pm to 4:30pm; Friday by appointment