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Robin McLean worked as a lawyer and then a potter in the woods of Alaska before turning to writing. Her first story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was twice a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Story Prize. Her debut novel Pity the Beast was published November 2o21 by And Other Stories and was noted as a best book of fiction of the year in such outlets as The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and White Review and was long listed for the Reading the West Prize.


Her second story collection, Get'em Young, Treat'em Tough, Tell'em Nothing is forthcoming, also from And Other Stories, on October 18, 2022 (same day as the paperback of Pity the Beast.)


Her stories have been published widely. She teaches writing across the US and internationally, and lives in high desert west.


Listen to podcasts with Robin, read interviews and essays here.


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 (yep).


Upcoming events are here.


She teaches workshops with Ike's Canyon Ranch on Zoom and in far off interesting places (like Prague and Crete! and maybe Scotland) again soon.


You can buy Robin's books most anywhere, but please buy at your local indie bookstore or at Bookshop.org -- since they give all profits to support indie bookstores.


She also leads workshops through The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Hugo House in Seatttle, Love Street Writers in Melbourne Australia, and sometimes with the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association. 


Email Robin if you'd like to attend a workshop or for more info on her writing:






Agent: Stephanie Steiker @ stephanie@rhaliterary.com

Press, publicity and bookstore inquiries in the US: Tom Flynn / tom@andotherstories.org

Publicity in the UK: Michael Watson / And Other Stories / michael@andotherstories.org