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Robert David Vivian


Professor of English


English, MFA - Creative Writing

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(989) 463-7383

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Robert David Vivian is an inveterate lover of the written and spoken word, especially those spoken from the white-hot center of a poet’s heart. In his words, “I am blown away, sustained and renewed by the poems of Rumi, Hafiz, Osip Mandelstam, Mary Ruefle and too many others to name here. I agree utterly with Mandelstam when he wrote that ‘Words are sheer pleasure, a cure for anguish.’”

Educational Background:

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