Rob Roberge was born in Bridgeport Connecticut. He studied writing at Emerson College and Vermont College where he received an MFA in the early 90's. Since 1995, he has lived in Southern California.
In 2013, Roberge released his fourth book of fiction, the novel The Cost of Living (Other Voices Books). Previous books include the story collection Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life (Red Hen, 2010) and the novels More Than They Could Chew (Dark Alley/Harper Collins, 2005) and Drive (re-print, Hollyridge Press, 2006/2010). His stories have been featured in ZYZZYVA, Chelsea, Black Clock, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the "Ten Writers Worth Knowing" issue of The Literary Review. His fiction and non-fiction have also been published in Penthouse, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown and anthologized in Another City (City Lights, 2001), It’s All Good (Manic D Press, 2004), SANTI: Lives of the Modern Saints (Black Arrow Press, 2007), OC Noir (Akashic,) 2008 The Devil's Punchbowl (Red Hen, 2010) and New California Writing (Heyday, 2012). A number of his plays have been staged in Southern California and Honest Pete, a short film he wrote, directed and edited has shown at a number of festivals He’s a core faculty member at UCR/Palm Desert’s MFA and has taught at several colleges and universities including University of California, Riverside; Antioch Los Angeles; and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where he received the Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing in 2003. He’s a frequent guest writer and lecturer and has judged, among others, the Red Hen Story Prize and the University of Ohio/Athens PhD writing award. Currently, he serves as the advisor for the PEN Mark program. Roberge has volunteered for a number of organizations, including 826 LA, various after school arts programs in Long Beach, CA, and Jail Guitar Doors. He plays guitar and sings with the LA bands The Danbury Shakes, The Violet Rays and the Urinals.