Video Interview: Teaching Artist Robin McLean

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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 in Massachusetts. Her first short story collection Reptile House won the BOA Fiction Prize, was twice a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Prize and was named a best book of 2015 in Paris Review. Her stories have appeared widely. She’s taught writing for a decade, at Clark University in Massachusetts as well as at community literary centers across the US and world, including Hugo House in Seattle, The Loft in Minneapolis, Burlington Writers Workshop in Vermont, and LoveStreet Writers in Melbourne, Australia.

She now directs writing at the Ike’s Canyon Ranch, an extreme-remote writers’ outpost in the high plains desert of central Nevada. Her debut novel PITY THE BEAST and second story collection is forthcoming from And Other Stories.

This video references a class Robin taught summer 2021. To see her current class offerings, visit her author bio page