Robin Lippincott, like the main characters in the novel he and Julia Watts wrote together (Rufus + Syd), grew up in a rural hellhole, Central Florida in his case. The only good thing about his childhood was that at one point he had twenty-three cats, all of which had to live outside (his mother’s rules). He left Florida and has lived in the Boston area ever since, where he is a walker in the city (and a bicycler, and a subway and bus rider), but where he has no cats (his partner is allergic). Robin is so proud of his most recent book, Blue Territory: A Meditation on the Life and Art of Joan Mitchell. He has also published three novels and a short story collection. He has received multiple fellowships to Yaddo (the artists’ colony), as well as a fellowship to The MacDowell Colony. He teaches in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Spalding University.