Michigan Writers Series

Poet Robert VanderMolen

October 15, 2004

Robert VanderMolen


Robert VanderMolen has been publishing poems in such periodicals as Caliban, Salt Lick, Parnassus, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Epoch, Grand Street, and Sulfur since the mid-1960s. The 1995 recipient of an NEA Fellowship for poetry, he has authored a number of collections (The Pavilion, Along the River, Night Weather, Of Pines, The Lost Book, Variations, Peaches), the most recent of which is Breath (New Issues Press, 2000). An alumnus of Michigan State University ('71), VanderMolen earned an MFA from the University of Oregon ('73) and resides in Grand Rapids.

“VanderMolen’s poems are always kinetic, always on the move, and among the sexiest being written in America today. Read ‘Saturday’ if you want to experience VanderMolen at the top of his form. He has a knack for quoting real or imaginary dialogue that is both funny and very much to the point: ‘The older you get / The worse you look without money,’ for example. He splices with assurance; he jump-cuts with ease.” - Richard Tillinghast, on Breath