Robbie Maakestad, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Writing

Robbie Maakestad, Assistant Professor of Writing, grew up in Indianapolis, IN, before attending Taylor University for undergrad, Ball State University for an MA in Writing, and George Mason University for an MFA in Writing (Nonfiction). He is working on his first book--a history of the City of David Archaeological site in Jerusalem. Robbie is a Senior Features Editor at The Rumpus


  • M.F.A., Creative Writing (Nonfiction), George Mason University
  • M.A., English (Nonfiction), Ball State University
  • B.A., English (Creative Writing), Taylor University

Courses Taught

  • Literature and Culture - Essays - LIT 2000
  • American Writers II - LIT 2057
  • Diverse Voices in American Literature - LIT 3052
  • College Composition: Writing and Research - WRI 1010
  • College Composition: Research - WRI 1016
  • Introduction to Creative Writing - WRI 2020
  • Creative Nonfiction - WRI 3023
  • Advanced English Composition - Writing In the Community - WRI 3015

Experience in Field

  • Professional Lecturer, George Washington University
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record), George Mason University
  • Instructor, Creative Writing Club, Burris Laboratory School
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record), Ball State University

Awards and Honors

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

Book  In  Progress

The City of David: A Biography of Place





  • “המלוא (Millo),” Windhover Journal, Spring 2017  
  • “Early Morning Overlooking the Temple Mount,” The Wayfarer, Fall 2013  
  • “Akko, Israel – Market,” The Wayfarer, Fall 2013  
  • “I Know What It Is To Be Icarus,” The Broken Plate, Spring 2013 

Presentations & Readings

  • The Butterfly Reading Series,  Feb. 11, 2020, San Diego, CA
  • Crossing the Lines Conference 2019, Moderator/Panelist, "Researched Nonfiction: Writing the Other/Self," October, 2019
  • Stars to Steer By, Interview, 2018 
  • AWP Conference, 2017, Moderator/Panelist, “Editors Engage the Digital Age: Transforming the Modern Lit Journal” 
  • LoudFire Reading Series, Fairfax, VA, December 13, 2016  
  • Bethesda Literary Festival, "Refuge in Ruins,” Bethesda, MD, April 15, 2016    
  • Kindling Reading Series, “movie night: a postmodern romance,” Fairfax, VA, September 21, 2015
  • This Is the End Reading Series, “Camping at Karnei Hittin,” Muncie, IN, April 21,  2014
  • Practical Criticism Midwest Panel, “Arraba,” Muncie, IN, February 7, 2014
  • Practical Criticism Midwest Breakout Session, “The Cow,” Muncie, IN, February 7, 2014
  • Practical Criticism Midwest, “My Grandparents Smell Awesome,” Muncie, IN, February 8, 2013 

Editorial Experience 

  • Senior Features Editor, The Rumpus, 2019-Present
  • Features Editor, The Rumpus, 2018-2019
  • Assistant Features Editor, The Rumpus, 2017-2018
  • Editor-in-Chief, Phoebe Journal, 2016-2017
  • Assistant Editor, Phoebe Journal, 2015-2016