About the Site
The Marilynne Robinson Appreciation Society is a collection of material for fans of Marilynne Robinson.
Marilynne Robinson is an American novelist and essayist, best known for her novels Housekeeping (1980) and Gilead (2004). She teaches at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
The weight of emphasis for this collection is primary-source material from Robinson herself, but high-quality secondary-source material is also regularly included.
If you’ve come across a piece you’d like to submit, email us at the addresses below.
You may also care to follow our Twitter feed.
The MRAS is edited by two friends:
- Christian Bell lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his lovely wife Beth and some cats. He is Minister of Communication at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and holds an MA in Educational Ministry from Calvin Theological Seminary. He has written for various publications including Christian Courier and The Banner. During the spring and summer months he can usually be found watching baseball.
Contact Christian at email@example.com or @cshbell.
- Philip Christman, with his wife, the theatre scholar and playwright Ashley Lucas, lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he is working on a novel. He holds an MA in English Literature from Marquette University and an MFA in fiction writing from University of South Carolina-Columbia. He currently teaches English composition at North Carolina Central University, the nation’s oldest public historically black college, and serves as Writing Coordinator at MURAP, a summer program that prepares outstanding minority undergrads for graduate school in the humanities. He also operates a private writing consultancy and serves on the vestry of St. Titus Episcopal Church. His writing has appeared in Paste, Annalemma, Books & Culture, and other places, though his proudest accomplishment is still the time he made Sally Timms laugh during a Mekons show in 1998. He airs his opinions in rather too much detail at philipchristman.com.
Contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org or @phil_christman.
Christian and Phil first worked together at Chimes, the esteemed newspaper of Calvin College, and enjoy discussing literature, theology, music, and Calvin and Hobbes strips over pints at The Cottage Bar.
This site is independently operated, and is in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by Marilynne Robinson, nor any of her publishers, nor any of the publications in which her writing appears. We do not have contact information for Robinson, nor can we forward any correspondence to her. Any copyrighted material excerpted here is, quite obviously, the property of its respective owner.
The background image of the tree, entitled ‘Winter Mist’, was taken by Evan Leeson and is used with attribution under a Creative Commons license. It can be found, along with many other wonderful images, in his Flickr portfolio.