Robert Wilder is the author of two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers' Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink. His debut novel, NICKEL, was called “A humorous, poignant, and formidable debut” by Booklist (starred review).
He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and numerous anthologies.
He has been a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, The Madeleine Brand Show, On Point and other national and regional radio programs. Wilder's column, "Daddy Needs A Drink," was printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter for close to a decade.
He was awarded the inaugural Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Wilder lives and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is Robert's second year teaching with Santa Fe Writers Lab. His website is