Born in Denver, Colorado, with Ft. Collins his hometown, Robert King attended Colorado State University (M. A. American Literature, 1961) and the University of Iowa (Ph. D. English/Creative Writing, 1965). He retired from the University of North Dakota as Professor Emeritus in 1995. After five years as Visiting Professor of English at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln, he came to Greeley where he taught part-time at the University of Northern Colorado. Now retired, he directs the Colorado Poets Center.
He has published one full-length volume, Old Man Laughing (Ghost Road Press, 2007) and five chapbooks, and his work has appeared in anthologies as well as magazines including Ascent, Atlanta Review, Blue Unicorn, Carolina Quarterly, Great River Review, The Malahat Review, Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review, Nebraska Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Northeast, Poetry, Rattle, Red Rock Review, and South Dakota Review.