Selected Biography

IMG_4385Bob Fink is the retired W. D. and Hollis R. Bond Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas.  His most recent book of poetry is Strange You Never Knew (April, 2013, Wings Press, San Antonio). His previous five books of poetry include The Tongues of Men and of Angels (Texas Tech University Press, 1995) and Tracking The Morning (Wings Press, San Antonio, 2005), one of three finalists for the Violet Crown Award from the Writers’ League of Texas.  His literary nonfiction book Twilight Innings: A West Texan on Grace and Survival (Texas Tech University Press, 2006), one of five finalists in the “Essays” category for ForeWord Magazine’s 2006 Book of the Year, was awarded the “Silver” medal, second place.  His first poetry collection Azimuth Points was the 1981 Texas Review Poetry Prize Chapbook (Sam Houston State University, 1981).

Poems and literary nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals including The Southern Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Image, Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Texas Review, Gulf Coast, The American Literary Review, The Iron Horse Literary Review.  

Bob Fink is a native Texan.  He graduated from Baylor University with a B. A. in English in 1968.  From 1968 to 1971, he wasBob, Trina, Popcorn, & Mini a lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps, serving twelve months in Danang, Vietnam, 1970.  His M. A. (1973) and his Ph.D. (1977) in English are from Texas Tech University.  He has done post-doctoral work in The Graduate Poetry Workshop—The University of Iowa, Summer 1985.  He began teaching at Hardin-Simmons in August, 1977, and retired in May, 2019.  In 1990 he was elected to membership in The Texas Institute of Letters. From 1996-2014, he was the poetry editor of the Walt McDonald First-Book Competition in Poetry, Texas Tech University Press. He is married to Katrina.  They have adult twin sons Jon and Rob.