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 The Paris Review.
Her second collection is forthcoming from BOA in 2022.
Robin has taught college writing for the last ten years, most recently at Clark University. She has also ;ed retreats and intensive creative writing workshops across the US and Europe.
Robin Founded High Plain Writing, leading workshops at Ike's and around the world.
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."