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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
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).