Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley is the author of ten books of nonfiction and fiction and the winner of many awards, including a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from the Chicago Tribune, the Story Magazine Humor Prize, an Independent Press Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and many others.  His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. He frequently teaches creative writing workshops around the world.  He has been widely anthologized and has published his work in such places as the New York Times, the Believer, the Huffington Post, Orion, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, New York Magazine, and many of the finest literary magazines in the U.S. The BBC is currently developing a feature film based on his book Invented Eden that tells the story of a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. His third collection of short stories, Reply All, is forthcoming in 2012 from Indiana University Press (Break Away Books) and the University of Georgia Press recently published his book A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel. He is a senior editor for the Iowa Review as well as the editor of a popular online journal, Defunct ( that features short essays on everything that’s had its day. He currently directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and is the founder and organizer of NonfictioNow, a biennial conference that will convene in November 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.