About Robert von Stein Redick
I have two beloved home towns: Charlottesville, Virginia, and Iowa City, Iowa. I come from a yarn-spinning family, and have been writing since I could hold a pen.
I studied literature and Russian at the University of Virginia, tropical conservation and development at the University of Florida, and fiction writing in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College: the world's first low-residency MFA, and still (I say with extreme bais) as good a place to study the craft of writing as you'll find on this planet.
I also work in international conservation and development, currently as a consultant with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a nonprofit scientific agency with projects in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In the past I've worked for the antipoverty organization Oxfam and in the International Development, Community & Environment (IDCE) Program at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
I'm coming to the end of two wonderful years living in Bogor, Indonesia. I’ve also lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, particularly Argentina and Colombia. In Cali, Colombia, I worked with a human rights foundation and taught in a bilingual school. In Argentina I interviewed park rangers, park administrators, superintendents and biologists across the country, and wrote an extensive study of ranger training and park management practices. My first novel, Conquistadors, is set during the Argentinian dictatorship of the late 1970s. The book was a finalist for the 2002 AWP/Thomas Dunne Novel Award.
For four years (two each with the Portland Phoenix and Valley Advocate) I worked as a stage critic, which is a nice job to have if you’re dating. I’ve also worked as a baker, translator, Paso Fino horse handler and lab technician in the world's largest acid rain study.
In late July 2015 I'll be moving back to western Massachusetts with my compañera, Prof. Kiran Asher, with whom I rescue turtles.