Michael Robbins

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Poet Michael Robbins on reading while walking

Poet Michael Robbins suddenly became a name in the literary world in 2009 when The New Yorker’s then poetry editor Paul Muldoon plucked his “Alien vs. Predator” from the magazine’s voluminous slush pile and published it. Since then Robbins has written three collections, including the just published “Walkman,” the title poem of which was chosen for Best American Poetry in 2018. The Topeka, Kan., native earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and now teaches creative writing at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
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Michael Robbins: Amherst deserves the library the trustees envision

The fate of the proposal of the trustees to renovate the Jones Library and accept a $13.6 million grant will depend on a vote of the Town Council in April. The library was built 93 years ago when libraries were basically places to store hard copies of books that readers might borrow. Times have changed and contemporary community needs include sophisticated digital storage and search facilities open to all, places to store music and display art, to teach classes, gathering places for adult and community activities for adults and children, and even a place for psychologically disturbed people who already hang out in community centers like the library and our churches because they have no other place to go during the day.
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Michael Robbins: Amherst deserves the library the trustees envision

The fate of the proposal of the trustees to renovate the Jones library and accept a $13.6 million grant will depend on a vote of the Town Council in April. The library was built 93 years ago when libraries were basically places to store hard copies of books that readers might borrow. Times have changed and contemporary community needs include sophisticated digital storage and search facilities open to all, places to store music and display art, to teach classes, gathering places for adult and community activities for adults and children, and even a place for psychologically disturbed people who already hang out in community centers like the library and our churches because they have no other place to go during the day.
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