Emeritus Professor of English; Editor-in-Chief, The Literary Review
has published seven short story collections: Witness, Where We Live, Local Music, The End of the Circle, The Lost Ones, Habitat: Stories of Bent Realism, and Telling Stories: Old & New. His new essay collection, Death Cancer Madness Meaning, came out in 2019. His collection of essays and reviews, Knowing Writers, was released in 2017. Early in his career, two novels, A Stranger to the Deed and Into Temptation, were paperback originals.
In addition to the books, Cummins has published more than 100 stories—as well as memoirs, essays, and reviews—in such magazines as Kansas Quarterly, New Letters, Other Voices, Crosscurrents, Florida Review, Arts & Letters, South Carolina Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Virginia Quarterly Review, Bellevue Literary Review, da Cunha, and Confrontation, and on the internet.
The book version of The Literary Explorer, written with Thomas E. Kennedy, was released in 2005. A study of the impact of TV on life in the U.S., Programming Our Lives: Television and American Identity, written with George Gordon, was published by Praeger in 2006.