About Robert von Stein Redick
I have two beloved home towns: Charlottesville, Virginia, and Iowa City, Iowa. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen, and began my first novel, about purple monsters invading a Chicago apartment complex, when I was twelve. After that my tastes somewhat diversified. 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. Among my wonderful former mentors are Jim Shepard, John Casey, Wilton Barnhardt, Judith Grossman, David Haynes and Chuck Wachtel.
I’ve worked as the editor for the Spanish and French websites of the antipoverty organization Oxfam America, and as an instructor in the International Development, Community & Environment (IDCE) Department at Clark University in Worcester, MA. I’ve also had the good fortune to live, work and travel 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 (serious) 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 wonderful job to have if you’re dating. I’ve also worked as a baker, translator, Paso Fino horse handler and lab technician in an acid rain study.
Currently I’m writing The Chathrand Voyage series of epic fantasy novels. For more information please visit my official site. For information on Conquistadors or my other published work, please click on Writing above.
I live in rural western Massachusetts with my compañera, Kiran Asher; Chloe the giant poodle; two semi-feral cats (Maya, Blue); and a Florida lake turtle (Jacques-Yves).