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David Hardin is a lifelong Michigander, Wayne State University alumnus, and author of 2022 Michigan Notable Book, Standpipe, Delivering Water In Flint, and a poetry collection, Dreaming Bob Wills. His fiction and poetry have appeared in the Dunes Review, Michigan Quarterly Review online, and other online and print literary journals. He worked as a special education teacher for thirty years. These days, Dave edits books for small press independent publishers, and maintains a studio painting practice. He and Susan, his wife of 34 years, are long-time residents of Royal Oak, Michigan. Grandsons, Henry and Elliot, keep them feeling younger than they probably have a right to feel.    



 David Hardin loves language and music, as a poet should, and his virtuosity with both shines through the poems in Dreaming Bob Wills, taking the reader on a journey across America, but firmly centered on the state of Michigan. His erudition, too, informs his work, drawing easily on his eclectic knowledge of world literature and culture. This is a book to be savored, like good sipping whiskey.   ~   Arnold Johnston, author of Where We’re Going, Where We’ve Been (poems) and The Witching Voice: A Novel from the  Life of Robert Burns
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      Dave Hardin's poetry reaches the "inner in" of our humanity. His unique images and poetic ways of capturing true human emotions is uncanny and totally original. I have long enjoyed his poetry, and I also appreciate his love for the craft. Dave is a fine poet who should be read.   M. L. Liebler, author of I Want to Be Once (Wayne State Press) and editor of Heaven Was Detroit: Essays on Detroit Music and the RESPECT:   Poets on Detroit Music (2020 Michigan State Press).