Roorbach, Bill

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Roorbach, Bill Gender: M
born on 18 August 1953 at 06:45 (= 06:45 AM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 25°16' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°17 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 14°28'

Bill Roorbach : with daylight saving time - natal chart (Placidus)
Bill Roorbach : with daylight saving time
natal chart (Placidus)
natal chart English style (Equal houses)
Alternative birthtime
with daylight saving time
Date 18 August 1953 at 06:45 (= 06:45 AM )
Place Chicago, IL (US), 41n51, 87w39
Timezone h5w
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 25°14' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 02°46 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 02°44'

Bill Roorbach
photo: Melllll582, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American novelist, short story writer, memoirist, nature writer, journalist, blogger and critic.

In 1976, he was graduated from Ithaca College cum laude with a B.A. in Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies. During what he has called his “writing apprenticeship,” Roorbach traveled and worked a series of different jobs. He played piano and sang in a succession of bands, bartended, worked briefly on a cattle ranch, and worked extensively as a carpenter, plumber, and handyman. In January, 1987, he enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts Writing Program of the Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts, where he was awarded a School of the Arts Fellowship, a Fellowship of Distinction and an English Department teaching assistantship. In addition, he was a fiction editor of “Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose.” He was graduated in May of 1990. That June, he married the painter Juliet Karelsen. In 2000, their daughter was born.

Roorbach taught at the University of Maine at Farmington from 1991 to 1995. Immediately following that, he taught at the Ohio State University from 1995 to 2001, winning tenure in 1998. In 2001, he quit his tenured position and returned with his family to Maine where he taught odd semesters as visiting full professor at Colby College. He wrote full time until Fall, 2004, when he was awarded the William H.P. Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, a five-year position as full professor. He commuted from Maine to Worcester until April, 2009, when he returned to full-time writing.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Roorbach's autobiography Into the Woods with "I was born at 6:45 A.M. on August 18, 1953". As he was born in Chicago during a period when birth times were officially recorded in CST, even during periods of daylight saving ttime, there is an uncertainty. If the 6:45 comes from the official birth certificate, this is CST. If it comes from a private family recording, it is likely to be in 'wall clock time', and the alternativ chart shown above would apply.


  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction