Robin Hemley

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Robin Hemley
Robin Hemley Kindergarten Music Class.jpg
Hemley at a music class for DO-OVER
OccupationWriter, professor

Robin Hemley, born in New York City, is an American nonfiction and fiction writer. He is the author of twelve books, and has had work published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Conjunctions,[1] The Sun,[2] and Narrative,[3] among others. Since 2004, he has served as the Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Robin Hemley was born to a Jewish family. 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.[citation needed]

Hemley graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in Comparative Literature and from the University of Iowa with an MFA in Fiction.[4]

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.[5]

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 of Fine Arts, where he served as Faculty Chair for three years.[citation needed]

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.[6]

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.[citation needed]

He currently[when?] lives in Singapore, is married, and has four daughters.[7]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Mouse Town and other stories (Word Beat Press, 1987) ISBN 978-0912527062
  • All You Can Eat (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988) ISBN 978-0871132611
  • The Last Studebaker, a novel (Graywolf Press, 1992) ISBN 978-0253000125
  • The Big Ear, stories (Blair, 1997) ISBN 978-0895871640
  • Reply All: Stories (Indiana University Press, 2012) ISBN 978-0253001801
Short stories
  • "All Good Things are Surprises" (Narrative, 2007)[8]
  • Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness (Graywolf Press, 1998) ISBN 978-1609381790
  • Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday (Bison Books, 2003) ISBN 978-0803273634
  • Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (Pearson anthology, with Michael Martone, 2003) ISBN 978-0321179722
  • DO-OVER! In which a forty-eight-year-old father of three returns to kindergarten, summer camp, the prom, and other embarrassments (Little, Brown and Company, 2009) ISBN 978-0316020602
  • A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir Journalism, and Travel (University of Georgia Press, 2012) ISBN 978-0820342559


  1. ^ "Robin Hemley  |  Conjunctions — The forum for innovative writing". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  2. ^ "The Sun Magazine". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  3. ^ "Robin Hemley | Narrative Magazine". Narrative Magazine. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  4. ^ a b "Robin Hemley | Department of English | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  5. ^ "Robin Hemley | Creative Nonfiction". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  6. ^ "Robin Hemley". the international writing life. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  7. ^ "Questions and Answers With Robin Hemley". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  8. ^ "All Good Things Are Surprises by Robin Hemley | Narrative Magazine". Narrative Magazine. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2018-11-16.

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