A Brief Literary Biography


For nearly fifty years Randall R. Freisinger's poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Tendril, New LettersThe Nebraska Review, The Chariton Review, The Cream City Review, Milkweed Chronicle, The Laurel Review, Passages North, Poet & Critic, The Atlanta Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Marlboro Review, The South Carolina Rview, The Centennial Review, Pank, Black Warrior Review, and The Sugar House Review. His poems have been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize.

His work has been included in a number of literary anthologies, including: The 1984 Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry;  Green Mountain Review:  Comedy in American Poetry; Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest; Passages North Anthology; and The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works.

His five books of poems include Running Patterns (1985 Flume Press Chapbook Award), Hand Shadows (GreenTower Press, 1988), Plato’s Breath (winner of the 1997 May Swenson Poetry Prize from Utah State University Press), and Nostalgia's Thread: Ten Poems On Norman Rockwell Paintings (Hol Art Books, 2009), and Windthrow & Salvage ( Kelsay Books, 2019). 

After receiving his Ph.D. in American and British Literature at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1975, he taught writing and literature at Michigan Technological University for thirty-two years, where he was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award. Now retired from Michigan Tech, he is Professor Emeritus in Humanities.  He lives and writes in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


Email: rfreisi@mtu.edu   © Randall Freisinger 2019