Richard Robbins, M.F.A.

Professor and English Department Graduate Director | Creative Writing

Address: 307D Armstrong Hall (AH 307D)
Phone: (507) 389-1354


  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Montana
  • A.B. in English from San Diego State University


Richard Robbins was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California and Montana. He studied as an undergraduate with Glover Davis and Carolyn Forché at San Diego State University, and as a graduate student with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, Tess Gallagher, and William Pitt Root at the University of Montana. He worked for two years as a visiting writer for the Montana Arts Council, and served weekly residencies in K-12 schools throughout the state. Prior to joining the Minnesota State University, Mankato English Department in 1984, he taught at Minnesota State Moorhead and Oregon State University. He has published five full-length books as well as the recent Body Turn to Rain: New & Selected Poems, which Lynx House Press released in May 2017. Over the years, he's received awards and fellowships from The Loft, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America. From 1986-2014, Robbins directed the Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State Mankato, where he continues to direct the Creative Writing Program. In 2006, he was awarded the Kay Sexton Award for long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading and literary activity in Minnesota.

Recent Publications:

Robbins, Richard, Body Turn to Rain: New and Selected Poems, Lynx House Press, 2017.


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