Born: April 26, 1941
Ohio connection: Birth
Robert James Flanagan, son of Robert John and Minnie Jane (Treloar) Flanagan, was born in Toledo in 1941. His father was a disabled World War I Veteran and his mother supported the family working at Champion Spark Plug, a job that she obtained during the World War II work effort and kept for twenty years. He married Kathleen Borer in 1963. Flanagan received a B.A. from the University of Toledo in 1965, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1967. He worked as an instructor in English at Central YMCA Community College in Chicago, 1966-67, and at Slippery Rock State College, 1967-69. He has also served Ohio Wesleyan University beginning in 1969, as associate professor of English, and then as professor of English, a position he has retired from. Flanagan has published the novel Maggot; several books of short fiction, including: Three Times Three; Naked to Naked Goes; Loving Power: Stories; and books of poetry, including: The Full Round and Once You Learn You Never Forget. He is also a featured author in a poetry anthology book, Heartland II: Poets of the Midwest. Flanagan lives in Delaware, Ohio.
Screen Gems Award for Short Fiction, 1966, for “In His Father’s Room.”