Robin Hemley is the author of 13 books of nonfiction and fiction, and 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 Senior Editor at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, as well as 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. Among his numerous awards for his writing, he’s been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 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, Germany, the Philippines, Singapore, and elsewhere.. He was the inaugural director of the Writers Centre at Yale-NUS Singapore, where he currently coordinates Creative Writing and 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.