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, including: The Pavilion, Along the River, Night Weather, Of Pines, The Lost Book, Variations, and Peaches, the most recent of which is Breath.

An alumnus of Michigan State University, VanderMolen earned an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon in 1973 and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and two sons. As a rule, four times a year he heads up to a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for extended stays.

"In Breath, Robert VanderMolen finds and propounds the courage to hold himself accountable for the unaccountable consequences of Attention, of Vision. Thus his is a law without bounds and an unconditional mercy. The Sublime is always inappropriate, and VanderMolen delights in sublimity without shame. Honor him." –Donald Revell

To view Special Collections' holdings of Robert VanderMolen's work, please click here.

To hear VanderMolen read from his own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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