Robin Hemley is the author of 14 books of nonfiction and fiction, including such books on writing as TURNING LIFE INTO FICTION and A FIELD GUIDE FOR IMMERSION WRITING: TRAVEL, MEMOIR, AND JOURNALISM, four short story collections, a novel, two memoirs, a book of investigative journalism, and the forthcoming book, BORDERLINE CITIZEN: DISPATCHES FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF NATIONHOOD (Nebraska, 2020).
Among his accolades for his writing, he’s been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a residency at The Bellagio Center for the Arts, courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation, three Pushcart Prizes in both fiction and nonfiction, The Independent Press Book Award, an Editor’s Choice Award from The American Library Association, State Arts Council grants from Washington, North Carolina, and Illinois, The Ohioana Library Association Award, and fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, and many others. His work has been published in the U.S. Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, Iceland, Germany, the Philippines, Singapore, and elsewhere.
He is the Founder of NonfictioNOW, the world’s leading international conference in nonfiction. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he returned to Iowa for nine years, to direct the Nonfiction Writing Program. A Contributing Editor to The Iowa Review and on the Advisory Board of Fourth Genre, he has many years publishing experience, including five years as the Editor of The Bellingham Review, where he founded The Annie Dillard Award in Nonfiction and The Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction.
He was the inaugural director of the Writers’ Centre at Yale-NUS Singapore, where he is Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Humanities. He was also the Faculty Chair of the low-residency MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and taught at the low-residency MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong. He is likewise Professor Emeritus in the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, and a core faculty member at the world’s first low-residency International MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts.