A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and former director The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa, Robin Hemley is currently the Director of the Writing Program and Writers’ Centre at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where he is also Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Humanities.
He has published 12 books of fiction and nonfiction, and his work has won, among others, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, The Nelson Algren Award for Fiction, The Story Magazine Humor Prize, The George Garrett Award for Fiction, The Independent Press Book Award, the Editor’s Choice Award from The American Library Association, and fellowships from The Bogliasco Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, The Hermitage.
His stories and essays have been widely anthologized in such publications as The Best American Fantasy, the Sudden Fiction series from Norton, Writing Fiction, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, The New York Times, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Orion, and heard on National Public Radio. His work has been published in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Singapore, and elsewhere. Among his works are two popular craft books, Turning Life into Fiction, now in its fifth edition and A Field Guide for Immersion Writing, as well as two memoirs, four collections of short stories, a novel, and a book of investigative journalism.
He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Non/fictionLab of RMIT University in Melbourne and Professor Emeritus of The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa.