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Rob Bixby, editor and publisher of March Street Press

Robert J. Bixby, 1952 - 2012

Rob Bixby, editor and publisher of March Street Press and “Parting Gifts” magazine, died
October 26, 2012, as I was informed only recently in a message from Kathy Bixby, his wife.
He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Arts at Central Michigan
University, a Masters of Social Work at Western Michigan, and a MFA at University of
North Carolina, Greensboro.  At the time of his death, he worked at the library of UNCG.
As one of March Street Press’ authors, and one of Rob’s early teachers at Central Michigan
University, Eric Torgersen wrote, “Rob was a fine writer, but sacrificed any chance of
recognition for his work by devoting all his time and energy to the press.  His papers will
be housed at Western Michigan University.”
Robert Bixby was a tireless editor, often shuffling hard copies of galleys back and forth
over several months with each of his authors until every manuscript was letter perfect.
Rob was an accomplished artist and often designed the book covers himself.  The contribution
of March Street Press to contemporary American poetry and poetics is incalculable.
March Street Press, although it maintains a website, has ceased.  At this time there are no
prospects for continuing the work of the press. 
—Michael Gessner

5 Comments to Rob Bixby, editor and publisher of March Street Press

  1. liz dolan
    March 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Both he and his wonderful sense of humor are sorely missed.

  2. Andy Fogle
    November 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Bixby was one of the first people to publish my work when I started sending it out age 19 in college. He continued being friendly to my work, with slightly cranky yet humorous notes on galleys, acceptance and rejection letters. And a sweet, curt thank you after I responded to news of his mom's death. He published a couple of my chapbooks, and I could've done more with him, but for my own indecisiveness, overzealousness, and doofy decisions. I realized too late I need to better honor the people that honor me. Never met him, never spoke to him, just words on pages. Maybe that's enough, but I owe that guy a lot more.

  3. RT
    May 15, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Do you have an address/email for Ms. Bixby? I just today read this and would, however belatedly, like to send my condolences.

    thank you,

    RT Castleberry

  4. liz dolan
    September 5, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Kathy, do you have the original plates of my book, They Abide, so I could have more copies made? liz.

  5. Joan Wilking
    October 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    So sorry to read this so belatedly. He published some of my earliest work for which I will forever grateful. xo

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