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Robert Hamblin was born in Jericho, Mississippi, in 1938. He holds undergraduate degrees from Northeast Mississippi Community College and Delta State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. A professor of English, as well as director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, at Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, he started his teaching career as a high school English teacher and baseball coach in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also taught and lectured in England, the Netherlands, China, and Japan. Hamblin serves as associate editor of The Cape Rock and was poetry editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature from 1984 to 2005. His four previous books of poems are Perpendicular Rain (1986), From the Ground Up: Poems of One Southerner's Passage to Adulthood (1992), Mind the Gap: Poems by an American in London (2004), and Keeping Score: Sports Poems for Every Season  (2007). His newest poetry book is entitled Crossroads: Poems of a Mississippi Childhood (2010).

For more information, please see www2.semo.edu/hamblin.