Academics

Robert Vivian

Interests include the modern and contemporary novel, American short fiction, modern American poetry, theology, Turkish literature.

Title

Associate Professor of English

Discipline

English

Educational Background

  • B.A., Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha (1990)
  • M.A., Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha (1994)
  • Ph.D., Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (2001)

Rank

Associate Professor

My career at Alma began in

2001

I'm an expert in

creative writing

My expertise:

An excellent resource on creative non-fiction, Dr. Vivian is the author of The Mover Of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, Another Burning Kingdom, Water And Abandon, and two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. He is currently at work on a collection of dervish essays and a new novel.

Signature course(s):

American Literature 261

Recent publications:

The dervish essay “Mother Forever” has been accepted for publication by Upstreet, a literary journal.

The dervish essay “Lead Me” has been accepted for publication by Iron Gall Press.

The dervish essay “Some Kind Of Holiness” has been accepted for publication by Stoneboat.


The dervish essay “Who Is The Spirit” has been accepted for publication by Gravel Literary Magazine.

The dervish essay “Inside A Whisper” has been accepted for publication by Scintilla Literary Magazine.


The dervish essay “Wake” has been accepted for publication by Pithead Chapel.

Other recent accomplishments:

Dervish essay “Mystagogic Liftoff” nominated by Sundog Lit. for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.

“Always A River” listed as notable essay in Best American Essays of 2013.