Robin Metz / Professor
Director, The Program in Creative Writing
Philip Sidney Post Professor of English

[This was Robin’s page prior to his passing in November 2018. For now, we’re leaving it as it was.]

Robin Metz explores the interactions of environment, physicality, and “selfhood”—and encourages his students to do the same—through his interdisciplinary studies in poetry. He is an M.F.A. graduate of the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, and a longstanding faculty member of Knox College, where he directs the creative writing program. Metz's early investigations in the field began with studies in 20th century English, American, and world literatures. These have since evolved into an organic approach to literature that posits identity and voice in a practically ecological relationship with the natural world.

Metz has received the Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Prize for his book Unbidden Angel, and 16 additional international literary awards. His play Anung’s First American Christmas (based on Ojibway legend) premiered at Theatre Building Chicago, 2008. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous national/ international journals, including Paris ReviewEpochInternational Poetry ReviewRosebudFourth RiverOberonWriters’ ForumAbiko Quarterly (Japan), New Welsh Review (Wales), The Wolf (UK), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), NewFront (Nepal), Seventh Quarry (Wales), Convorbiri Literare (Romania), and in various anthologies. He has presented his work in 70 US cities and 23 nations (most recently Kosovo, Cuba, India, Wales, Nepal). His 3D Art Installations for previous Vitalist Theater productions include: “Harrowing Love” (Anna Karenina), “Securing the Peace” (Mother Courage and Her Children), “Ganga Passes” (A Passage to India), “Weeds, Seeds, Skulls, and Trees” (Anung’s First American Christmas). The recipient of awards/fellowships from PEN International, NEA, Illinois Arts Council, Best American Stories, he is currently editing the forthcoming anthology Chicagoland Poets.

Robin is Director for the Program in Creative Writing and Philip Sidney Post Professor of English.

Office: Old Main 203
Knox College
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401


FP: This American Life
Environmental Literature, Art & Film
Genres & Forms
Beginning Fiction Writing
Death & Dying
Fiction Workshop
Modern and/or Contemporary Fiction
Chicagoland Poets
Five Women
John Cheever
Richard Yates
Ernest Hemingway
Dylan Thomas
Dorothea Tanning & Carl Sandburg
London Arts Alive
Senior Portfolio


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