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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  J. E. Robinson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: October 8, 1965 in Alton, Illinois

-- J. E. Robinson on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

J. E. Robinson was born, raised and still resides in Alton, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

'''PERSONAL BIO:'''Robinson was born October 8, 1965, in Alton, Illinois, to R.Preston and Joyce L(Gill) Robinson. '''EDUCATION:'''BA in Classics, Howard University, 1987MA, Ancient History, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1989additional graduate study at the University of Chicago (Byzantine history, 1989-1990)'''CAREER:'''History Instructor, various colleges in the St. Louis Area, 1991-present; taught Cultural Heritage, 2007-2014 and currently is Assistant Professor of History at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.Robinson is formerly, creator, producer, and host of "''Eavesdropping''," a half-hour conversation, WBGZ-AM, Alton, 1993-2004 ... he interviewed William Least-Heat Moon and Wole Soyinka, among others.'''PUBLICATIONS:'''Robinson began producing and publishing poetry as a college student in 1983; stopped working in poetry in 1986 to concentrate upon fiction. resumed writing poetry in 1997, producing "Five Verses," which has appeared widely, including in the public radio podcast "Calling America." since 1997, poems have appeared widely.Since 2002, he has been producing personal essays, mostly on schizophrenia, from which he suffers. in 2005, the essay "Notes from a Janitor's Closet," published in KARAMU, received the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award; essays have appeared widely, and have received a Pushcart nomination.''SKIP MACALESTER'' (2006) took seven years to publish; it was named a "Paperback Pick" by the American Booksellers Association in summer 2006. A general, and prevailing, interpretation is that the book is autobiographical in some way, despite the author's protestations to the contrary.The play in one-act ''MOTHER'S DAY'' was presented at Actors' Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, as part of the Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays in June 2005. A reviewer called it "a deft comedy."

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Skip Macalester
ISBN: 1560235764

Harrington Park Pr. 2006

Skip Macalester offers a look inside the life of an African-American prep school boy who's smart but a little naive in his relationships with his parents, his cousins, his teachers, his best friend, his schoolmates, and just about everybody else. As Skip makes the difficult journey from callow kid to mature young man, he learns a great deal about the most important people in his life - and about himself.

The Day Rider and Other Stories: a collection
ISBN: 1928589871

Gival Press. 2013

The Day Rider & Other Stories presents characters nominally situated in one world who seek to join another, while being themselves. Many main characters ‘pass’—not merely in the conventional sense, of appearing as one race and acculturating as another, nor as one sexual orientation and moving conveniently into another as affections and conventions dictate, but also in its ‘unconventional’ senses, of moving from mortality to immortality, or from the oppressed and disadvantaged to being the oppressor and the privileged. This collection discusses the wide sweep of ‘passing’ and wonders whether doing so is an anathema to humanity or inherent to humanity.


Robinson received the 2005 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for his essays. His novel ''Skip Macalester'' was designated a Paperback Pick by the American Booksellers Association. He has also received three Pushcart Prize nominations for his essays, and a Plainsongs Award from Hastings College (Nebraska)

for his poetry. In May 2014, ''The Day Rider and Other Stories: A Collection'' won the award in Gay Literature from the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival.

Speaking Engagements

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