I was raised in Lexington, Mass, and have lived in Cambridge, Mass for 38 years, the last 23 of those in the same house. My wife, Majka Maciak, immigrated from Poland in 2008, and together we have four children. Since graduating from Harvard College with a degree in biological anthropology 33 years ago, I have worked as a technical writer in the IT industry.

I started writing stories around age eight. At Harvard I studied writing with Ann Beattie, Monroe Engel, and Grace Mojtabai. Following college I didn’t write for six years, but at the end of 1987 I started a new story, and by 1992 had more than enough to publish a collection, The Light of Home, with Atheneum. In 1995 my novel Tree of Heaven was published by Soho; my novel The Soldier followed in 1996.

My writing career was interrupted in the late 1990s. The publication of Swift River in 2014, my own edition of Tree of Heaven in 2015, and Native Child in 2016 represents the beginning of my renewed effort to write and be read.



email me at rcbinstockbooks@gmail.com