“Astonishing. With beautiful prose, compelling narrative, and meticulous research, Adin Dobkin does far more than just record the history of a race—he conjures an entire world reeling in the aftermath of World War I.” –Phil Klay, National Book Award winner and author of Missionaries
2022 American Library in Paris Coup de Cœur
Most days, I’m with my head bent toward my desk writing. Right now, my focus is on a book about a campaign of state-sponsored violence along the US-Mexico border, a Progressive Era congressman who attempted to reform the law enforcement agency responsible, and the political, racial, and economic realities that set them on a collision course. I’m the author of Sprinting Through No Man’s Land, a book about France in the immediate aftermath of World War I via the 1919 Tour de France. Shorter essays, reporting, and criticism have appeared in outlets like The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review Daily. I’ve covered everything from the language and literature of war to how we publish works after an author’s death and the last days of an orbiting satellite (lots of old, sad things, maybe). Between that writing, I’m most passionate about editing and teaching other writers and have taught workshops, seminars, and lectures at Columbia University and CUNY, literary programs like Catapult, and at community centers like the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to talk more about developmental editing, manuscript/proposal consultations, or teaching opportunities.
In the past (and maybe future), you could also hear my voice. I host War Stories alongside Angry Staff Officer. In each season of the show, we take an element of warfare and trace its development from inception to the modern day. Mostly, we focus on the stories of those people who were there at moments throughout. Right now, the show is on hiatus.
I’m a struggling Tweeter and newsletter writer, if you’re looking for other ways of following me. I’m represented in all bookish matters by Becky Sweren and in film/tv by Allison Warren at Aevitas Creative.