Nick R. Robinson grew up in Junior Village, a Washington DC-based, government-run orphanage that was the oldest and largest institution of its kind in America. A ninth-grade dropout, Nick earned a general equivalency diploma and graduated from the University of the District of Columbia. In 2006, he left an executive position at Microsoft to begin the thirteen-year journey of scribing his coming-of-age memoir, Our Family Walks. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Florida Atlantic University (2009, MFA) and the University of Missouri (2016, PhD), Nick is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Claflin University. An early version of “Cherall,” the final chapter of Nick’s in-progress memoir, was runner up in the 2019 Words and Music Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest. Three other memoir chapters were finalists in four 2019 US national writing contests: The Frank McCourt Memoir Contest, the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, the Bread Loaf Work-study Scholarship in Nonfiction, and Iron Horse Literary Review’s Photo Finish Contest. Nick has been published in IHLR, New Ohio Review, Santa Fe Writer’s Project’s Monthly and Quarterly, and Bluestem Magazine among others. He was a contributor at the 2015 through 2019 Bread Loaf Summer Writers’ Conferences, the 2016 and 2019 Tin House Summer Workshops, and the 2019 Kenyon Review Summer Workshop. Nick recently signed an Author Agreement with DeFiore and Company Literary Agency of New York City and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.