Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books, most recently of the novel Sparta, published by FSG. Sparta was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the BBC and a Notable Book of the Year by The Washington Post. Robinson has written four other novels: Summer Light, This is My Daughter, Sweetwater, and Cost; three collections of stories: A Glimpse of Scarlet, Asking for Love, and A Perfect Stranger; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life.
Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Tin House, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Vogue, Salon, Glimmer Train, Best American Short Stories, One Story, Mount Desert Islander, NPR, and elsewhere. Four of her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times, and her novel Cost was named one of the five best fiction books of the year by The Washington Post.
Robinson graduated from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, attended Bennington College, and graduated from the University of Michigan. She writes about the environment, gardening, travel, and American art, as well as literature. She has received the Maine Publishers & Writers Alliance Award for Fiction, for her novel Cost, and she was a finalist for the Nona Balakian Award for Criticism from the National Book Critics Circle. She was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her work has been widely anthologised, and her books have been published in England, Holland, Spain, France and Germany.
Robinson has served on the board of PEN American Center and the National Humanities Center. She is currently on the board of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Northeast Harbor Library, and the Authors Guild. She has taught at the University of Houston, Wesleyan University, and the New School. She currently teaches in the MFA Program at Hunter College. Robinson divides her time between the islands of Manhattan and Mount Desert.