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Robin Hemley, born in New York City, is a Jewish American nonfiction and fiction writer, author of twelve books, most recently, the short story collection, REPLY ALL (Break Away Books, Indiana University Press, 2012).
Robin Hemley was born to a literary family. His parents were both translators and editors of the work of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer. His father, Cecil Hemley, was co-founder, with Arthur A. Cohen, of The Noonday Press, and his mother, Elaine Gottlieb Hemley, published fiction and poetry.
He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Ohioana Library Association, and the Washington State Arts Council.
His awards include two Pushcart Prizes for Fiction, first place in the Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from The Chicago Tribune, and the Independent Press Book Award for Nonfiction.
In 2004, he began teaching at the University of Iowa where he was hired as the Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program, and since 2000 he has taught at Vermont College (now Vermont College of Fine Arts) where he served as Faculty Chair for three years. He has also taught at the University of Utah, Western Washington University, St. Lawrence University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
At Western Washington University, he edited The Bellingham Review for five years and founded the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction and the Annie Dillard Award for Nonfiction. At the University of Iowa, he founded the NonfictioNow Conference in 2005.
In 2013, he was hired as the Director of the Writing Program, Writer-in-Residence, and Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.
He is the Founder and President of NonfictioNOW, an international conference on the myriad forms of nonfiction that has been held at The University of Iowa, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, Northern Arizona University and most recently at The University of Iceland. Nonfictionow.org
He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at RMIT University.
He currently lives in Singapore, is married, and has four daughters.
- Hemley, Robin (1987). The mouse town and other stories. Flagstaff, AZ: Word Beat Press.
- All You Can Eat, stories (1988)
- The Last Studebaker, a novel (1992)
- The Big Ear, stories (1994)
|All good things are surprises||2007||Hemley, Robin (Winter 2007). "All good things are surprises". Narrative.|
|My father's bawdy song||1993||Hemley, Robin (Fall 1993). "My father's bawdy song". Ploughshares. 61.|
- Hemley, Robin (1998). Nola : a memoir of faith, art, and madness. St Paul: Graywolf Press.
- Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday (2003)
- Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (anthology, with Michael Martone, 2004)
- Turning Life Into Fiction (2006)
- DO-OVER! In which a forty-eight-year-old father of three returns to kindergarten, summer camp, the prom, and other embarrassments (2009)
- — (2013) . Nola : a memoir of faith, art, and madness. Reprint. Iowa City: U Iowa Press.
Essays and reporting
- Hemley, Robin (April 29, 2008). "Guest Post : Robin Hemley on the faux memoir". Critical Mass. National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- — (2011). "To the Rainforest Room". Orion Magazine. Retrieved 2015-04-16. Reprinted in: Henderson, Bill, ed. (2013). The Pushcart Prize XXXVII : best of the small presses 2013. Pushcart Press. pp. 384–397.
- "The Bells of Balangiga" in The Wall Street Journal
- "Dispatches From Manila" in McSweeney's Internet Tendency
- "A Jew's Christmas in The Philippines" in The Far Eastern Economic Review
- "Field Notes for The Graveyard Enthusiast" in New Letters
- "Aunt Blessy and Yamashita's Treasure" in Lost Magazine
- "A Reincarnation," and "Just When I Didn't Need One" in The New York Times, Modern Love
- "Reviews of The Partisan Review, 1949" in The Believer
- "Review of Short Stories Magazine 1895" in The Believer
- "Big Man on Camp" in New York Magazine
- "Prince Valiant" in Brevity
- "Reading History to My Mother from Fourth Genre" and "The Touchstone Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, 1970-Present"
- "Something Has to Be Understood: An Appreciation of Sherwood Anderson" for The Ohioana Library Association
- "The Question Robin Hemley Hates" in Creative Nonfiction Fall 2010, Issue 39
- Teich, Mitch (November 7, 2008). "Do over". Lake Effect. Milwaukee, WI. WUVM. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- — (May 20, 2009). "Re-living his childhood". Lake Effect. Milwaukee, WI. WUVM. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
- An Interview with Steve Paulson on To the Best of Our Knowledge on Wisconsin Public Radio, on Invented Eden
- Hemley, Robin (February 29, 2008). "Robin Hemley Reads 'Big man on camp' at Meacham Writers' Conference". Retrieved 2015-04-16.