Rob Spillman co-founded and edited the seminal literary magazine Tin House, which published from 1999-2019. Tin House was the recipient of the inaugural CLMP Firecracker Award for Magazine of the Year in 2015. He is the recipient PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, the Vido Award, presented by VIDA, Women in Literary Arts, and the CLMP Energizer Award for Acts of Outstanding Literary Citizenship. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Guernica, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was published in 2009. He served as the Chair of the 2017 PEN World Voices Curatorial Committee. He is a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council, and is one of the founders and a Master Practitioner of the story-exchange nonprofit Narrative4, and is on the Community Advisory Board of the WFMU radio station. He has been a judge for the Story Prize, the Orion Prize, among numerous other awards and fellowships. He has guest taught at writing workshops and 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, Rutgers, the Colleges of Brooklyn, Amherst, Williams, Grinnell, Luther, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was published by Grove Press in 2016.
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