Robin Silbergleid

C601 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824


Literary Studies; Creative Writing; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Robin Silbergleid works in the areas of creative writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture, autotheory, and motherhood 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 collection Reading and Writing Experimental Texts: Critical Innovations (Palgrave 2017), co-edited with MSU alum Dr. Kristina Quynn, both theorizes and performative and creative modes of literary analysis. Her creative work focuses on issues of domesticity and the female body, specifically queer motherhood, 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 In the Cubiculum Nocturnum (Dancing Girl Press, 2019) and Frida Kahlo, My Sister (Finishing Line, 2014).   She has a number of projects in the works, including the poems The Old Country (forthcoming from PANK), and “Queer Mother Memoirs: Experiments in Life/Narrative,” an autotheoretical project that assembles an archive of contemporary memoirs written by and about queer mothers and motherhood (1997 to the present). Additionally, she works with both the national art, oral history, and portraiture project The ART of Infertility and  IAMAS: International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship.


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

University News

Three Graduating Seniors Honored as Louis B. Sudler Prize Winners
Published May 8, 2024 in College of Arts & Letters
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Three graduating seniors were awarded this year’s Louis B. Sudler Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the performing and creative arts, including fine arts, music, creative writing,…Read now »
Department of English Honors Two Students with Outstanding Senior Awards
Published May 5, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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Two Department of English students were selected to receive the department’s 2023 Outstanding Senior Awards. Sponsored by the Dianna S. Cavett Endowment for English Literature, this…Read now »
English Major Awarded Louis B. Sudler Prize
Published April 27, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Graduating senior SaMya Overall is the 2023 recipient of the Louis B. Sudler Prize presented by the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. This award recognizes outstanding…Read now »
Faculty Promotions for 2022
Published December 1, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to recognize the faculty members who recently were promoted to full professor, associate professor, or associate professor-fixed term. Full Professor…Read now »
2022 Faculty Award Winners Recognized for Outstanding Achievement
Published October 20, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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The College of Arts & Letters recognizes its 2022 Faculty Award winners for the work they do to enhance curriculum and student experiences. These four impactful leaders have shown outstanding…Read now »
Accessible Art Exhibit at the Broad Museum
Published April 22, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
picture of a red brick building at MSU with cherry blossoms framing the photo Touching artwork at museums is almost always forbidden. But the “Accessible Art” exhibit at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art…Read now »