Robin MacArthur is the author of the short story collection Half Wild (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2016) and the novel Heart Spring Mountain (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018). Both books have been translated into French by France Camus and published in France by Albin Michel. Half Wild won the Pen New England for Fiction in 2016, was a finalist for the New England Book Award and the Vermont Book Award, and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers and Indie Next selection. Heart Spring Mountain was a finalist for the New England Book Award and an Indie Next selection in 2018.

Robin is also the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (Green Writers Press, 2014) and has had stories and essays published in Hunger MountainAlaska QuarterlyShenandoahOrion MagazineThe Washington Post, Whole Terrain, LitHub, and aired on NPR. She is a two-time recipient of a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, and her work has been anthologized in Orion Magazine’s anthologies To Eat With Grace (2014) and Old Growth (2021).

Robin has taught in colleges, MFA programs, and non-matriculated writing programs for the past ten years. A graduate of Brown University and VCFA’s MFA in Writing program, she is currently finishing a third novel and working on a collection of essays about motherhood, climate change, and kinship with the natural world. Robin lives in a solar-powered house on the farm where she was born in Southern Vermont.


MFA - Creative Writing (Fiction) | VCFA

BA - Religious Studies & Literature | Brown

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