Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at UMass Amherst. Her debut collection Reptile House won the BOA Editions Fiction Prize in 2013. The collection was a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Prize in 2011 and 2012. Her fiction is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Green Mountains Review, Western Humanities Review and has appeared numerous journals including The Carolina Quarterly, Copper Nickel, The Common, Malahat Review and Nashville Review. A figure skater first—having learned to skate and walk at the same time—McLean believes crashing on ice prepared her for writing fiction. She teaches at Clark University and splits her time between Newfound Lake in Bristol, New Hampshire and a 200-year-old farm in western Massachusetts, helping with the haunted in the corn maze each fall. www.robinmclean.net.
Awards and Recognition
- BOA Short Fiction Prize
- Finalist Flannery O'Connor Short Story Prize 2011 and 2012