Contest Judge – Bill Roorbach


BillRoorbach_PhotoBill Roorbach’s newest work is Life Among Giants, from Algonquin Books. His next book, due in fall 2014, will be called Storm of the Century, also from Algonquin. His other fiction includes the Flannery O’Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend (University of Georgia Press, 2000), and the classic novel of skiing and memory, The Smallest Color (Counterpoint, 2001). His award-winning nonfiction books include Into Woods (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002), and Temple Stream (Random House, 2005). The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories (Story Press, 2008), is used in writing programs around the world. Recently, Bill was a judge on Food Network All Star Challenge, evaluating incredible Life Stories cakes made under the gun, so to speak. His short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has been published in Harper’s, Orion, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. His story “Big Bend” was featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts,” read by actor James Cromwell at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Bill taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and Ohio State before taking his last academic position, the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He now writes full time and blogs with pal and fellow author David Gessner at