Bob Campbell is a writer based in Flint, Mich. His debut novel, Motown Man, was published in November 2020 by Urban Farmhouse Press.
His creative nonfiction, essays and novel excerpts have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Belt Magazine, Forge Literary Magazine, Hypertext Magazine, All Write in Sin City (podcast) and Gravel Magazine. He is a contributor to Belt Publishing’s Midwest Architecture Journeys, published in October 2019. His essay is titled The Flat Lots of Flint: A Liminal State of Mind.
Additionally, Bob is the author of Flint to Shay: History of a Black Resort in the Middle of White Michigan, a 6,300-word essay to be included in Exploring Mideast Michigan’s Empty Spaces: A Traveler’s Guide. The project was inspired by the regional guides produced in the 1930s America by the WPA/Federal Writers' Project. Exploring Mideast Michigan’s Empty Spaces is slated for publication by Michigan State University Press in late 2024 or early 2025.
Most recently, he was the 2022-2023 Writer In Residence for the Buckham Fine Arts Project at Buckham Gallery in Flint, Mich. The one-year residency concluded September 30, and his creative nonfiction compositions have been compiled in a book, titled Observations, Volume 3.
Bob was a staff writer for the Flint Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader and Detroit Free Press. He was also an electrician at AC Spark Plug, formerly a division of General Motors, before moving into journalism.
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