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Fillman, Robert F.

Assistant Professor
Lytle Hall 159
  • Degrees
    Ph.D. (English Literature), Lehigh University
    M.A. (English literature), Arcadia University
    B.A. (English & Business Management), Moravian College
  • Background Information
    Dr. Fillman's research and teaching interests include the study of poetics, 19th- and 20th-century American literature, ecocriticism, and modern & contemporary American poetry. In particular, his research and teaching focus on the relationship between literature and the environment, especially the manner in which American writers represent the natural world and rural labor. He has published on the important but neglected Harlem Renaissance poet Helene Johnson. He is the author of the full-length poetry collection House Bird (Terrapin Books, 2022), and he is also the author of a poetry chapbook November Weather Spell (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2019). Recent poems have appeared in Cider Press Review, The Hollins Critic, Nashville Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and others. He has been a finalist for the Gerald Cable Book Award, the Keystone Chapbook Contest, and the Rash Award in Poetry. In his teaching, Dr. Fillman seeks to foster a vibrant classroom community in which all participants have an opportunity to develop their critical and creative capacities in a supportive workshop atmosphere.
  • Course Regularly Taught
    CMP200: Research and Composition
    CMP100: Effective Composition
    ENG010: Introduction to Literature
  • Publications
    House Bird, published by Terrapin Books in 2022. (full-length collection of poetry)

    November Weather Spell published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2019. (poetry chapbook)

    "'a solemn tortured shadow': Helene Johnson's Traumatic Pastoral," ISLE:
    Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, vol. 29, iss. 3, Spring
    2022, pp. 137-158.

    "A Post-Pastoral Reading of Ron Rash's 'Speckled Trout,'" The Explicator, 2021

    "Toward an Understanding of Helene Johnson's Hybrid Modernist Poetics," College
    Language Association Journal, vol. 61, issue 1-2, 2018

    Review of Spoons, Knives, Checkbooks, by Jennifer Judge, Propertius Press [forthcoming, 2022]

    Review of Book of Entangled Souls, by Richard St. John [under review at New Letters]

    Review of Selected Poems: The Director's Cut, by John Yamrus, Compulsive Reader,

    Review of Scraping Away, by Fred Shaw, Appalachian Lit, Iss. 1, spring 2022

    Review of A Person Worth Knowing, by Dawn Leas, FootHills Publishing, Small Harbor
    Press, 2021.

    Review of Waiting for the Dead to Speak, by Brian Fanelli, The Pedestal Magazine
    Issue 79 (December 2016).

    "All day long there'd been papers" Keystone Poets Anthology, Penn State University
    Press (forthcoming, January 2025).

    "On Rembrandt's A Lady and Gentleman in Black" Broad River Review, (forthcoming,

    "What I Was Told About Being a Man" West Trade Review, (forthcoming, 2022).

    "Murder" The Adirondack Review, (forthcoming, winter 2022).

    "Color at the Window" The Adirondack Review, (forthcoming, winter 2022).

    "Essential Worker" PQ Poem, (2022).

    "I have never held a gun" Poet Lore, (forthcoming, 2022).

    "Drum Lessons With Ringo" Slipstream, (forthcoming, summer 2022).

    "third-person-shift" Schuylkill Valley Journal, (forthcoming, fall/winter 2022).

    "Yellowjackets crawl beside" Schuylkill Valley Journal, (forthcoming, fall/winter 2022).

    "One day my father's father" Innisfree Poetry Journal, (fall 2022).

    "Swing Like Strawberry" The Twin Bill (summer 2022).

    "When DADDY drinks too much" San Pedro River Review, vol. 14, no. 2, (2022): 106.

    "On the Time I Got Myself Pinned Beneath Our TV" Sheila-Na-Gig Online,

    "Intimates" Sheila-Na-Gig Online, (2022).

    "The Discovery of Strength Through the Ways of My Son" Whale Road Review,
    (summer 2022).
    "Tonight I've dragged the old car seats" Hiram Poetry Review, Iss. 83, (Spring 2022):

    "Confidence Man" Sheila-Na-Gig Online, (Winter 2021).

    "Doo Wop Dream." Paterson Literary Review #50 (2022).

    "Birthright" Lily Poetry Review, (Winter 2021/2022): 91.

    "The Card Trick" Lily Poetry Review, (Winter 2021/2022): 90.

    "Coming Home For Dinner" Lily Poetry Review, (Winter 2021/2022): 92.

    "Abandoned Boat" Valparaiso Poetry Review, vol. 23, no. 1, (Fall/Winter, 2021-2022).

    "Sometimes I feel" Poetry East, no. 102 & 103 (Fall 2021): 60.

    "The Melting Point" Broad River Review, vol. 53 (2021): 98.

    "The Snake Man's Lesson" Third Wednesday, vol. 15, no. 1 (Winter 2022): 74.

    "How to Make a Paper Heart." The Strategic Poet, Terrapin Books (2021).

    "Starling in the Furnace Room." The Westchester Review (winter 2021).

    "Salting the Driveway (with Help)." North Dakota Quarterly, vol. 88, no. 3 (2021): 119-

    "The Bones." Tar River Poetry (Fall 2021).

    "One boy drinks while the other." Whistling Shade (2021): 12.

    "Hiking the Spectrum." The Hollins Critic vol. 58, iss. 4 (2021): 21.

    "The Night John Lennon Was Killed." Slipstream vol. 41 (2021): 32.

    "When Kurt Cobain killed himself." Slipstream vol. 41 (2021): 33.

    "Hide and Seek." I-70 Review (Summer/Fall 2021): 70.

    "Job Description." THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays vol.11, No. 2
    (Summer/Fall 2021): 7.

    "Traffic Jam." The Comstock Review 35.1 (Fall, 2021): 67.

    "Talking Over a Classic Rock FM Station." Pembroke Magazine (Iss. 53, 2021): 24.

    "Blessing." Third Wednesday, vol. 14, iss. 3 (June, 2021): 78.

    "The Batter." The Night Heron Barks (Spring 2021).

    "Story Told in Sevenlings." San Pedro River Review vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 2021): 75.

    "My Wife Returns to the Pew After Communion." Main Street Rag vol. 16, No. 1
    (Winter 2021): 46.

    "Pulling Off the Outlet Covers." Main Street Rag vol. 16, No. 1(Winter 2021): 45.

    "The Good Son." Main Street Rag vol. 16, No. 1 (Winter 2021): 47.

    "Omen." Hamilton Stone Review Vol. 43 (Fall 2020).

    "Promises." Hamilton Stone Review Vol. 43 (Fall 2020).

    "The Vanity of it All." Hamilton Stone Review Vol. 43 (Fall 2020).

    “Witness.” Split Rock Review Vol. 15 (Fall 2020).

    “To The Last.” the Aurorean 25.1 (2020): 44.

    “On My Son’s Seventh Birthday.” Spoon River Poetry Review 45.1 (2020): 29.

    "Living with a sick spouse." Paterson Literary Review (#48, 2020):218-19.

    "Driving to the Jeweler’s Shop." Paterson Literary Review (#48, 2020): 217.

    "For ‘Snowflake.’" Paterson Literary Review (#48, 2020): 216

    "The Reflection and the Swan." Albatross (issue 29, 2020): 16.

    "On date night my wife must choose." Innisfree Poetry Journal Vol. 31 (Fall 2020).

    "Learning to Listen." Innisfree Poetry Journal Vol. 31 (Fall 2020).

    “Losing the Bed.” One [by Jacar Press] Issue 21 (2020)

    "Cleaning Out the Basement Closet." Tar River Poetry 59.2 (Spring 2020): 35.

    "After Dinner." Tule Review (2020): 16.

    “Restoration." Stoneboat Literary Journal 10.1 (2020): 35.

    "Forecast." Cider Press Review 21.3 (spring/summer 2019).

    "Learning the Hard Way." Common Ground Review Vol. 21.1 (Spring/Summer 2019): 17.

    "The Frame Maker's Hands." Flint Hills Review 24 (Spring/Summer 2019): 9.

    "He Plants Seeds." Valparaiso Poetry Review (Volume XXI, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2019-2020).

    "Therapy." Chiron Review 117 (Winter 2019): 37.

    "Toast." Poet Lore 114.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2019): 38.

    "The Moment" the Aurorean 24.2 (Fall/Winter 2019): 40.

    "Buying Ice at the Wawa for My Wife" Nashville Review 29 (Summer 2019).

    "Learning to be Still." Third Wednesday (June 2019): 72-73.

    "The Second Offer." Broad River Review 51 (Spring 2019): 46.

    "Elegy for My Cousin Laura." Pembroke Magazine 51 (Spring 2019): 109.

    "Moving Day." Pembroke Magazine 51 (Spring 2019): 108.

    "Classic Kindergarten Scene." Allegro Poetry 20 (Spring 2019).

    "The Blue Hour." Ninth Letter (Winter 2019).
  • Class Schedule
    Term Days Start Time End Time Course Location
    Fall 2023 MWF 10:00AM 10:50AM CMP 100 028 LY202
    Fall 2023 MWF 2:00PM 2:50PM CMP 100 065 LY108
    Fall 2023 MWF 1:00PM 1:50PM CMP 100 055 LY108
    Fall 2023 MWF 11:00AM 11:50AM CMP 100 034 LY108