Robin Blyn received her B.A. in English and History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. In 1991, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Temple University, with an emphasis in fiction writing, and in 1996 she completed a PhD in English at the University of Washington. She came to the University of Florida in 1999 after two years as an assistant professor at Westfield State College in Massachusetts. She has published widely in her area of specialization, American literature and culture, in journals such as Arizona Quarterly, Narrative, Twentieth Century Literature, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Literature/Film Quarterly. Her current book project is entitled Merchants of Astonishment: Freak Shows of the American Avant-garde, an interdisciplinary study of the role of spectacle culture in the generation of avant-garde aesthetics in the U.S. At UWF, she teaches a variety of courses in American literature and culture, critical theory, and creative writing.