Robert Laidler

Robert Laidler

Assistant Professor

 9305.3 Maccabees 

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Robert Laidler

Robert Laidler is an assistant professor at Wayne State and the author of a poetic libretto, The Fallen Petals of Nameless Flowers, which premiered at Chamber Music Detroit in 2022. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writing Program. 


  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Master of Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Bachelor of Arts, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Awards and grants

  • Finalist for The National Poetry Series, 2023
  • Finalist for the Driftwood Press Chapbook Competition, 2023
  • Nominated for Best of The Net Poetry Anthology, 2023
  • Finalist for the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize, Missouri Review, 2022
  • Finalist for the Driftwood Press Chapbook Competition, 2022
  • Long Listed for the Palette Poetry Chapbook Competition, 2022
  • Theodore Roethke Hopwood Award (2nd Place), 2022
  • Full-length Manuscript Hopwood Award (2nd place), 2022
  • Meader Family Hopwood Award winner, 2021
  • Theodore Roethke Hopwood Award Finalist, 2021

News mentions

Selected publications

  • "City of Fellowship" & "Fellow child," Ilanot Review
  • "The King Killer in Newspaper Ads," Threefold Press
  • Excerpt from "Epistle," Missouri Review
  • "P," Driftwood anthology
  • "Occhiolism," Ghost City Review
  • "Wedlock," Poet Lore
  • "Immured," Cruel Garters 

Courses taught by Robert Laidler

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022