Dr. Bob Fink will unveil his latest book of poetry, Strange You Never Knew, with a preview reading of poetry from the book in the Hardin-Simmons University Richardson Library.
Fink is the W. D. and Hollis R. Bond Professor of English and director of creative writing at HSU. He has published six books of poetry, including The Tongues of Men and of Angels, and prior to this recent collection, Tracking the Morning, which was one of three finalists for the Violet Crown Award from the Writers’ League of Texas.
Strange You Never Knew is described as an examination of displacement from family, love, and even ourselves. “We may discover that our mundane lives transpire in an austere and holy place peopled with angels unaware faith can exist in a place of stone, absolution is available daily, and redemption is found in strange places we never knew,” according to the book’s description on Amazon.
His literary nonfiction book Twilight Innings: A West Texan on Grace and Survival, was one of five finalists in the essays category for ForeWord magazine’s 2006 Book of the Year. Twilight Innings was honored with the Silver Medal.
His poems and literary nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Image, Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Texas Review, Gulf Coast, and The Iron Horse Literary Review.
Since 1996, he has been the poetry editor of the Walt McDonald First-Book Competition in Poetry. In 1990, he was elected to membership in the Texas Institute of Letters.
Fink earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in psychology at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 1968. He followed with a Master of Arts degree in English from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, in 1973, and earned a Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University in 1977. Fink also completed post-doctoral study at the Graduate Poetry Workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in 1985.
The HSU Library and the English Department are hosting the reading, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m., on the third floor of the library. The HSU bookstore will have copies of the book for sale and the library will provide free coffee.