Dr. Robert Fink


Robert A. Fink is the W. D. and Hollis R. Bond Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Hardin-Simmons University. He has published five books of poetry, including The Tongues of Men and of Angels (Texas Tech University Press, 1995) and his most recent collection Tracking The Morning (Wings Press, San Antonio, 2005), which was one of three finalists for the Violet Crown Award from the Writers’ League of Texas.

His literary nonfiction book Twilight Innings: A West Texan on Grace and Survival (Texas Tech University Press, 2006), one of five finalists in the “Essays” category for ForeWord Magazine’s 2006 Book of the Year, was awarded the Silver Medal, second place.

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, Texas Tech University Press. In 1990, he was elected to membership in The Texas Institute of Letters.


Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, English with a Minor in Psychology, Baylor University, 1968
  • Master of Arts, English, Texas Tech University, 1973
  • Ph.D., English, Texas Tech University, 1977
  • Post-Doctoral, The Graduate Poetry Workshop, The University of Iowa, 1985
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network