Rob Spillman is editor and co-founder of Tin House.

He is the 2017 recipient of the CLMP Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship, the 2015 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. He served as the Chair of the 2017 PEN World Voices Curatorial Committee. His writing has appeared in BookForumThe Boston ReviewConnoisseurDetails, GQGuernicaNerveThe New York Times Book ReviewRolling StoneSalonSpinSports IllustratedTimeVanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was published in 2009. He is a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council, is on the board of the story-exchange nonprofit Narrative4, and is on the Community Advisory Board of the WFMU radio station. He has been a judge for the Story Prize and the Orion Prize, among other awards and fellowships. He has guest-taught at universities around the world, including Queensland University in Brisbane; the Farafina Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria; the SLS Workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia and Nairobi, Kenya; the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile; the Universities of Florida, Houston, and Kansas; New York University; the Colleges of Brooklyn, Amherst, Williams, Grinnell, and Luther; and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was published by Grove Press in 2016.


BA | Towson University

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