Robin McLean, fiction writer, mustangs of the Monitor Valley, Nevada
Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at the UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Her first short story collection Reptile House,  won the BOA Fiction Prize and was named as one of the best books of 2015 in Paris Review.
Robin's debut novel, Pity the Beast, and second collection of short stories are forthcoming from And Other Stories.




Robin has taught writing for ten years, at Clark University and at retreats and workshops across the US and Europe.

She teaches writing at Ike's and around the world, also on Zoom with The Loft of Minneapolis and Love Street Writers of Melbourne Australia. In 2021, she will be Zoom teaching with Hugo House in Seattle.



PITY THE BEAST is the debut novel of Ike's Co-founder and workshop leader, Robin McLean.

J M Coetzee:

‘Not since Faulkner have I read American prose so bristling with life and particularity.’
Read more about the book, here.

Pre-order at And Other Stories



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PARIS REVIEW Best of 2015 List: "McLean does not shrink the world down to interpersonal conflict, but instead opens it up to achieve a cosmic perspective that somehow feels both dispassionate and compassionate (Chekhov’s trick). This opening up is wild, surprising, and not a little frightening. I suppose you could call these stories dark, but in their dazzling perspective I find them full of vitality and wonder."


What writers say about working with Robin here.