Robin MacArthur lives on the hillside farm where she was born in Marlboro, Vermont. Her debut collection of short stories, HALF WILD, won the 2017 PEN New England award for fiction, and was a finalist for both the New England Book Award and the Vermont Book Award.
Her forthcoming novel, HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN, will be published by Ecco (HarperCollins) in January of 2018.
Robin is also the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, and the recipient of two Creation Grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
She has taught in many non-traditional settings throughout the US.
When not writing, Robin spends her time prying rocks out of unruly garden soil, picking blackberries and raspberries outside her back door, and traipsing through woods with her big-hearted and half-wild children.
HALF WILD: STORIES
Winner of the 2016 PEN/NewEngland Award for fiction.
Finalist for the New England Book Award. Finalist of the Vermont Book Award. Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers selection. Independent Bookseller's Indie Next selection.
“This heartbreakingly honest and authentic fiction will make you weep over, laugh at, and finally cheer for, mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, lovers and losers, and the human race in general. Half Wild is American fiction, and American literature, at its very best.”—Howard Frank Mosher
“Feral, wise, deft, elegant, luminous, Robin MacArthur’s stories inhabit a reader with shimmering wonder.” Rick Bass
“Robin MacArthur is a striking new voice and Half Wild is a stormy marvel of a debut.” -Laura van den Berg
“MacArthur writes with the ear of a musician and a classic, pure command of the short story form, like a dispatch from Eudora Welty in the great north woods.” --Megan Mayhew Bergman
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HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN
To be published by Ecco/HarperCollins on January 9, 2018.
"A fecund and contemplative feminist family saga." -Kirkus Reviews
"A quietly powerful debut novel." -Booklist
"Traveling back and forth in time, Robin MacArthur renders both the Vermont landscape and Vale's family tree with poetic precision and gutting realism. I fell in love with these women and their mountain, hard." -Alexis Margaret Smith
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Tuesday, January 9th, HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN release date!
Thursday, January 11, HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN launch at 119 Elliot, Brattleboro, VT, 6-8 pm. Whetstone CiderWorks Cash Bar, music, fundraiser for The Story of Words Project.
Saturday, January 20th, HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN reading and discussion with Megan Mayhew Bergman, Northshire Books, Manchester, VT, 6 PM.
Saturday, January 27th, NEXT STAGE ARTS, PUTNEY, VT, with VT Poet Laureate Chard DiNiord and Lauren Markham, author of The Faraway Brothers.
Friday, February 2nd, reading at Vermont College of Fine Arts with Miciah Bay Gault. Cafe Anna.
Thursday, February 8th, Howard Frank Mosher Tribute, Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Friday, February 9th, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT. 7 PM.
Thursday, March 8, AWP, Tampa, Fl, panel discussion on the editing process.
Thursday, March 8, AWP, Tampa, FL, Book signing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Table with Lauren Markham, 1-2 PM.
Wednesday, April 25th, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA, with Dan Chiasson.
Tuesday, May 1st, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT, 7 PM.