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Betsy Robinson

Author's Bio

I grew up in New York's Hudson Valley and have lived in New York City for more than thirty years. I was an actor for more than a decade and did an amazing array of ridiculous jobs to support that art. Then I became a magazine writer and editor. Now I am a book editor specializing in spiritual and psychological topics. But I write fiction. Radio host Jonathan Schwartz recently told an anecdote about Stephen Sondheim: When asked if he was happy about selling 25,000 copies of a book, Sondheim replied, "Yeah, but it's always the same 25,000 people who bought the last thing." Schwartz believes this is because Sondheim's work pokes people, throws light on their flaws, and a lot of folks don't like that. Feeling so exposed evokes a kind of existential hysteria, which people attempt to explain through hysterical negative criticisms of Sondheim's work. But 25,000 people do like Sondheim--including me. I like to be poked and my writing pokes. It pokes, makes you laugh, and sometimes cry.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), Plan Z by Leslie Kove (Mid-List Press, 2001)
Prizes:
Mid-List Press First Novel Series award, Writers Guild East Fdn. Fellowship, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference (twice), first prize in Dubuque Fine Arts one-act contest

Betsy Robinson Resume

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
J.D. Salinger, John Kennedy Toole, Alice Walker, Franz Kafka, John Guare, Samuel Beckett, Amy Bloom, Haruki Murakami

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Listing last updated: July 25, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
New York, NY
Raised in:
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Agent:
Sara Camilli

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