Emily Rubin was born in Queens, NY and now lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She graduated from Bard College in 1978 where she was dance/theater major.
In 1997 Rubin taught an Oral History workshop for a community college in Brighton Beach Brooklyn. Her students, all Russian immigrants in their 60’s and 70’s provided the original inspiration for STALINA. While writing the STALINA she was invited to the Summer Literary Seminar’s program in St. Petersburg, Russia. There she studied with Robert Creeley, Jonathan Baumbach and Robert Olmstead, read at the legendary Stray Dog Café, and researched her novel by conducting interviews and visiting sites in and around St. Petersburg. She furthered her fiction studies with Jackson Taylor at the New School and Elizabeth Gaffney through Media Bistro. She entered the manuscript for STALINA in the Amazon Debut Novel Award Contest 2009. This is how the novel came to be published. Her fiction has also been published in the Red Rock Review, Confrontations and Happy, and she is a past nominee for the Pushcart Prize.
In 2005 Rubin co-founded Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose, a reading series that takes place in working Laundromats around the country, and under the auspices of Rubin’s Wash and Dry Productions there have been more than 30 readings hosting more than 100 writers. The series has been covered extensively by the media and has received funding from several public agencies.
Since 1993 Rubin has worked as a broadcast professional in television as a stage manager and producer for the Food Network, VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon, History Channel, A&E, ABC, NBC, PBS, Fox News, Bravo, Oxygen, ARTE (France) and others.