John Rubins

John Rubins grew up on Long Island but has since lived in the Midwest and New England for many years. As an undergraduate at Washington University he studied earth and planetary science and architecture but turned more seriously toward writing after graduation and completed an MFA at Emerson College in Boston. He has worked for some of the country's top literary magazines and also founded (and for many years edited) one of the first online journals of literary quality work. Writing over the years has appeared in Bluestem, Seattle Weekly, The Southeast Review, New Genre, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Electric Velocipede, and Seven Days. He attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference as a Susannah McCorkle Scholar and has given talks at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference on publishing and the Web. In 2011 the University of Illinois awarded John the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He was also awarded the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. John is a steering committee member of The Bike Project, a co-operative bicycle repair, bike education, and advocacy space where he is also a volunteer wrench.

He has a story online here at Failbetter.com.

And he has the podcast of a nonfiction piece here at Middleliterate.

Contact Info


59 English Building


(217) 333-2976