Robin McLean worked as lawyer and then a potter in the woods of Alaska before turning to writing. Her story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was twice a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Story Prize. She now lives and teaches in the high plains desert of central Nevada at Ike’s Canyon Ranch Writer’s Retreat, which she co-founded.

McLean debut novel Pity the Beast will be published by And Other Stories on November 2, 2021. Her second collection of short fiction will follow, also from And Other Stories.

Other Works

  • Reptile House

    May 12, 2015

Awards and Recognition

  • BOA Short Fiction Prize
  • Finalist Flannery O'Connor Short Story Prize 2011 and 2012