Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of English
Robin Silbergleid
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Associate Professor
Director of Creative Writing
Creative Writing | Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture

MFA/PhD Indiana University, 2001

Office: C601 Wells Hall
Email: silberg1@msu.edu

Robin Silbergleid works in the areas of creative writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture, narrative theory, and women's/gender studies.   As a writer who holds both a PhD and MFA, she is particularly interested in exploring the sometimes vexed relationships between critical and creative writing; her current project, Reading Maso, combines sustained close readings of Carole Maso's novels with personal essay and poetic fragments.  Additionally, she is co-editing a book, Critical Innovations: Reading and Writing Experimental Texts that explores performative and creative modes of literary analysis.  Her creative work focuses on issues of domesticity and the female body, specifically single parenting, reproductive loss, and infertility.  She is the author of the poetry collection The Baby Book (CavanKerry Press, 2015) and the memoir Texas Girl (Demeter Press, 2014), as well as the chapbooks Pas de Deux: Prose and Other Poems (Basilisk Press, 2006) and Frida Kahlo, My Sister (Finishing Line, 2014). Individual essays and poems can be found in a range of venues, online and in print, and have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  She is a frequent contributor to Role Reboot on issues related to fertility and family, and collaborates with the national art, oral history, and portraiture project The ART of Infertility.

Samples of her work can be found here.


ENG223: Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing
ENG 229: Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENG 353: Readings in Women Writers
ENG 391: Special Topics:  Flash! Prose Poems, Mini Essays, and Micro Fiction
ENG423: Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing
ENG429: Advanced Poetry Writing
ENG445: American Literature 1950-present
ENG448: Seminar in Women’s Literature
ENG492/820: Motherhood and Feminism Seminar