“Robin McLean’s Reptile House introduces us to a debut author of audacious originality." -- Peter Connors, BOA Editions.
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Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Her first short story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was published in May 2015. The collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Story Prize in 2011 and 2012. McLean’s have appeared widely in such places as The Cincinnati Review, Carve, The Common, Copper Nickel, and many others.

A figure skater first—having learned to skate and walk at the same time—McLean believes that crashing on ice prepared her for writing fiction. Besides writing, her careers and interests have been diverse: pushcart hotdog sales, lawyer and mediator, potter and tile maker, political activist, union organizer, sculptor, haunted corn maze manager as well as zombie trainer. She currently teaches at Clark University and divides her time between Newfound Lake in Bristol, NH and western Massachusetts.

contact: robinmclean0@gmail.com

P.O. Box 572
Bristol, NH 03222
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