Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and antiquarian literature. His eight books have been translated into eleven languages, and include Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey Into the Lost History of Autism (Bloomsbury, 2004). In addition to appearing on NPR's Weekend Edition as its “literary detective” on odd and forgotten old books, he also edits the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney's Books. Collins lives in Oregon, where he is an Associate Professor of English at Portland State University.
In April 2009, he participated in the discussion on the concept of Shelter at the Portland Center for Public Humanities. In May 2013, participated in the event Representing Ability: Arthur Bradford in conversation with Paul Collins as part of the series Representing Disability: Disability Studies and the Humanities at the Portland Center for Public Humanities. And in October 2013 he will participate in the panel A Day in the Life: Memory, Authenticity & the Genre of Memoir at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.