Bill Roorbach Biography
Bill Roorbach’s next book is The Girl of the Lake, a collection of stories coming from Algonquin in 2017. Also from Algonquin are The Remedy for Love, a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the bestselling Life Among Giants. Bill won the Flannery O'Connor and O. Henry prizes for his short story collection, Big Bend, the Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction for his memoir in nature, Temple Stream, just released in a new paperback edition by Down East Books. Other nonfiction books include Into Woods and Summers With Juliet, both with new editions as well. His popular craft book, Writing Life Stories: Making Memories into Memoir, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature, is used in writing programs around the world. His short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in such publications as Maine Farms, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta and New York. Bill taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and was on the graduate faculty at Ohio State before taking his last academic position, the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Since 2009 he’s written full time. He’s a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and—just announced—a 2018 fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, where he’ll spend a six-week residency. Bill lives in Farmington and Scarborough, Maine, with his wife, Juliet Karelsen, who is a visual artist, and their daughter, Elysia Roorbach, an aspiring ballerina and full-time teen.
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