Born in New Jersey, ROBERT COLLINS was educated in Ohio, where he received his A.B. from Xavier University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.  While at OSU he received two Academy of American Poets Prizes.  He has published poems in a variety of literary magazines including Ascent, Cimarron Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Louisville Review, Connecticut Review, College English, Plainsongs, South Coast Poetry Journal, Ohio Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review.  He has received two Individual Artists Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 1993 and 1998, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize several times, received the Ascent Award for Poetry, selected by Brendan Galvin, and won the Tennessee Chapbook Prize. He taught American literature and creative writing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham for thirty years where he founded and edited Birmingham Poetry Review and directed the creative writing program. His chapbooks include The Inventor Poems, Greatest Hits, The Glass Blower, Lives We Have Chosen, and Occasions of Sin.  His latest book Naming the Dead was issued by FutureCycle Press in 2012 and is a finalist for the FCP Annual Book Prize.