Rob Spillman

When I teach, I tell my students, “You have to read your work out loud.” Because you end up feeling it in a non intellectual way. You feel it in a body way. There’s this bullshit detector that your body has that tells you when you’re faking it.

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers

PEN/Nora Magid Award  

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If you’ve ever been young, in love, and desperate to live an authentic life, this book is for you: a ravishing memoir about a young man’s quest for art, meaning, and a place to call home.
— Anthony Doerr
With wry humor and wonder, Spillman beautifully captures the deadpan hedonism of the East Berliners and the city’s sense of infinite possibility.
The New York Times Book Review

Rob Spillman is the author of acclaimed memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties (Grove Atlantic, 2017) and the editor and co-founder of Tin House, an eighteen-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, the book has received praise from the New York Times, and starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.

Spillman is the 2017 recipient of the CLMP Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship, the 2015 winner of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA.  Poets & Writers named him, “One of the most prominent figures in independent publishing.” He is a widely published and praised essayist, with essays, reviews, and criticism appearing in Salon, Guernica, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Guernica, Nerve, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He also served as the Chair of the 2017 PEN World Voices Curatorial Committee.

Spillman has guest taught at universities around the world, including Queensland University in Brisbane, the Farafina Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria, the SLS Workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia and Nairobi, Kenya, the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile, the Universities of Florida, Houston, Kansas, New York University, the Colleges of Brooklyn, Amherst, Williams, Grinnell, Luther, and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, writer Elissa Schappell, and his two children.



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