Born in Pine Mountain, Kentucky, Roxana Robinson grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Buckingham Friends School, in Lahaska, and from The Shipley School, in Bryn Mawr. She attended Bennington College and studied with Bernard Malamud and Howard Nemerov. She received a B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan
Ms. Robinson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The MacDowell Colony. She is a critically acclaimed fiction writer and the author of five novels and three collections of short stories. Her work has been compared to John Cheever’s by The New York Timesand to Edith Wharton’s by Time magazine. It has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, One Story, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. Her work has been widely anthologized and broadcast on National Public Radio. Four of her works have been chosen Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times, and she was named a Literary Lion by The New York Public Library.
Roxana Robinson has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Houston. She teaches in the MFA Program at Hunter College, CUNY.
Roxana Robinson is currently the President of the Authors Guild. She has been a Trustee at PEN, the National Center for the Humanities, the Northeast Harbor Library, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and at the Authors Guild.
Ms. Robinson is also a biographer and scholar of nineteenth and early twentieth century American art. Her articles have appeared in Arts, ARTnews, and Art & Antiques as well as in exhibition catalogs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Katonah Museum of Art, and other institutions. Her biography of Georgia O’Keeffe was short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Most Notable Books of the Year. Ms. Robinson lectures frequently on Georgia O’Keeffe and appeared in the BBC documentary on the artist. Her biography is considered the definitive work, called by Calvin Tomkins, of The New Yorker, “without question the best book written about O’Keeffe.”
She reviews books for The New York Times and the Washington Post, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Slate, The Nation, Harper’s, Bookforum, Tin House, LitHub and elsewhere.
Ms. Robinson is also a gardener and garden writer, and her essays in this field have appeared in Horticulture, House and Garden, House Beautiful, and Fine Gardening. For years, her garden was listed in the Garden Conservancy Open Days, and it has been written about in The New York Times, House and Garden, Traditional Homes, The Atlantic, Gardens Illustrated, and other publications.
She was President of the Authors Guild from 2014-2017.