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After a three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1968-1971, Robert A. Fink entered graduate school at Texas Tech University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1977. Since 1995 he has been the W. D. and Hollis R. Bond Professor of English at Hardin-Simmons University, in Abilene, Texas, where he also directs the Creative Writing program.

In 1990, Fink was elected to membership in the Texas Institute of Letters. From 1982-1984, he was the President of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers. In June, 2002, Fink was the "Featured Poet" on the Poetry Magazine (Chicago) web site:

Fink is the author of six collections of poetry: The Tongues of Men and of Angels ("Invited Poets Series," Texas Tech University Press, 1995); The Ghostly Hitchhiker (Corona Publishing, 1989); Azimuth Points (Sam Houston State University, Texas Review Poetry Prize Chapbook, 1981); Beyond Where The West Begins, a limited edition chapbook published by Friends of the Abilene Public Library, 1999, as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the library; Tracking the Morning (Wings, 2005, with a preface by Donald Hall), and Strange You Never Knew (Wings, 2013).

Fink's poems have appeared in many of the country's most prestigious literary magazines and journals, including Poetry, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, Southwest Review, Southern Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Texas Observer, The Texas Review, Harvard Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, Graham House Review. America, English Journal, Country Journal, Descant. New Mexico Humanities Review, Sou'wester, Writers' Forum, The College English Association Forum, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Southwestern American Literature, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and Concho River Review.

Poems in several anthologies including The POETRY Anthology, 1912-2002: Ninety Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse Magazine (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee); Literature: The Power of Language (Harcourt); Poetry: A Longman Pocket Anthology (Addison Wesley Longman); Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves: Contemporary Baseball Poems (U of Illinois P); Looking For Your Name: A Collection of Contemporary Poems (New York: Orchard); Texas In Poetry 2 (Fort Worth: TCU Press); Texas in Poetry: A 150 Year Anthology (The Center for Texas Studies, University of North Texas); Is This Forever, Or What? Poems And Paintings From Texas (New York: Greenwillow); and others. Fink is also the author of numerous literary nonfiction essays and articles which have appeared in The Iowa Review, RiverTeeth, The Cortland Review, Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith, The Texas Review, Mississippi, and others.

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