Roland Flint

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Roland Henry Flint (February 27, 1934 - January 2, 2001) was an American poet and professor of English at Georgetown University.[1]


Born in Park River, North Dakota, he attended the University of North Dakota before joining the United States Marine Corps. He served in post-war Korea and then returned to and graduated from the University of North Dakota. He earned an M.A. in English from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he wrote his dissertation on the early work of Theodore Roethke, and began to publish his poetry. At the University of Minnesota he began a long friendship with Garrison Keillor.

He was a professor of English at Georgetown University from 1968-1997, and received several university awards for his teaching.[2] Flint had a phenomenal memory for poetry, and could recite thousands of poems he knew "by heart". He was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1995-2000, when he resigned due to poor health.[3] His poetry is exceptionally accessible and direct in style and often very moving.

He died of pancreatic cancer in 2001 at the age of 66. His papers are held at the University of Maryland.[4]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Easy (Louisiana State University, 1999)
  • Pigeon (North Carolina Wesleyan, 1991)
  • Hearing Voices, with William Stafford, (Willamette University, 1991)
  • Stubborn (University of illinois1990)
  • Sicily (North Carolina Wesleyan, 1987)
  • Resuming Green (The Dial Press, 1982)
  • Say It (Dryad Press, 1979)
  • The Honey (Unicorn Publications, 1976)
  • And Morning (Dryad Press, 1975)


  1. ^ "Grace Cavalieri on ROLAND FLINT". Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
  2. ^ "POETS LAUREATE". Maryland State Archives. December 2, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Maryland's Poet Laureate". New Bay Times. April 16–22, 1998. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
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