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Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at UMass Amherst. Her first short story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was noted a best book of 2015 in Paris Review. McLean’s stories have appeared widely in such places as The Cincinnati Review, Carve, The Common, Copper Nickel, and many others.


Her debut novel Pity the Beast will be published November 2, 2o21 from And Other Stories.


Her second story collection is forthcoming from And Other Stories too.

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 taught college writing for a decade. She now lives and teaches in the high plains desert of central Nevada at Ike's Canyon Ranch Writer's Retreat, which she co-founded.


She also teaches on Zoom at The Loft, Burlington Writers Workshop,, Love Street Writers and Hugo House.


 P.O. Box 874
Eureka, NV 89316

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