Robert Fillman is a Ph.D. candidate and Senior Teaching Fellow in the English Department at Lehigh University. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, the study of poetry and poetics, U.S. modernism, and ecocriticism. He is currently completing his dissertation which explores the ways in which U.S. modernist poets were drawn to the pastoral as a space to explore a conflicted relation to the natural world. Fillman’s chapbook of recent poems, November Weather Spell, will be published in 2019 (Main Street Rag Publishing Company). A Best of the Net nominee, he has also been a finalist for the Gerald Cable Book Award, and the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook and the Keystone Chapbook Awards. His poem ‘Dumping Leaves’ was a winner in Third Wednesday‘s 2017 annual poetry contest, and in 2016 he won first prize in poetry at the Pennsylvania Writers Conference. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cider Press Review, The Hollins Critic, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Salamander, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, and others.