Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Robin Hemley

Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley, author of Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood, kicks off the Creative Writing Program's Fall 2020 Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The virtual event, featuring Hemley in conversation with Mason professor Tim Denevi, is hosted by Fall for the Book and co-presented by Mason Libraries.

Borderline Citizen focuses on his journey across the world, and the way such a trip impacts the mind of its traveler. Hemley discusses his struggle with understanding just what it means to be a part of a nation, and where the boundaries of that nation and patriotism end. Author Jeff Sharlet called it "Quite possibly the most original travel book published in years."

Hemley is the author of 12 books of nonfiction and fiction, and is the Founder of NonfictioNOW, the world’s leading international conference in nonfiction. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he returned to Iowa for nine years, to direct the Nonfiction Writing Program. A contributing editor to The Iowa Review and on the Advisory Board of Fourth Genre, he has many years publishing experience, including five years as the Editor of The Bellingham Review, where he founded The Annie Dillard Award in Nonfiction and The Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction.

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