Robin Hemley is the author of 11 books of nonfiction and fiction, and has won numerous awards for his writing, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes in both fiction and nonfiction, The Independent Press Book Award, an Editors 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 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. Among his works are two popular craft books, Turning Life into Fiction, now in its fifth edition and A Field Guide for Immersion Writing. He has also written two memoirs: Do-Over and Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness, four collections of short stories, a novel, and a book of investigative journalism, Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday, which centers on a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. Invented Eden is currently in development with the BBC for a feature length film. With, Michael Martone, he co-edited the ground-breaking literary anthology, Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists, and with Hope Edelman, he co-edited an anthology representing the first thirty years of writing from Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press). A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he returned to Iowa to direct the Nonfiction Writing Program for nine years before moving to Singapore to direct the writing program at Yale-NUS College and also serve as Writer-in-Residence there. He has recently completed a film with Erik Sather, “Jewish Caviar,” which is an official selection of several prominent film festivals. He is also the founder and co-organizer of NonfictioNOW, a biennial literary conference exploring the myriad forms of Nonfiction. He has recently completed his second novel, which is set in the contemporary Philippines.