photo by Sandy FryRobyn Hood Black is a coastal South Carolina children's author, poet, and artist. She's pictured here after "winning" the SCBWI Southern Breeze Joan Broerman book basket, which she donated to a public library.
Psstt... available for pre-order! I'm thrilled to have a poem included in this collection by Lee Bennett Hopkins for babies and toddlers, Lullaby and Kisses Sweet
. Tune in to my blog in late February for an interview with LBH! Release date is March 3 from Abrams.
Robyn's Books [SIR MIKE, Scholastic Library, 2005,2006; WOLVES, Intervisual Books, 2008]
Find Robyn's Poetry in These Books[THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK, Roaring Brook, 2012; THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY series, Pomelo Books, 2012-14 and more on way!]
My artsyletters booth at a recent art show; Jessica tries out my old typewriter as Wyatt and my daughter Morgan look on.
In addition to writing, I've recently launched artsyletters
, "art for your literary side." In my Etsy shop
, I have original drawings and prints, note cards, book marks, altered page collages and more - a gathering of gifts for readers and writers! If you have a moment, check it out - and thanks!
Robyn Hood Black (yes, that's her real name) is the author of Sir Mike
, a rhyming Rookie Reader from Scholastic's Children's Press, and WOLVES
, a nonfiction, interactive vault book from Intervisual Books. Two of her poems appear in Georgia Heard's anthology of found poems, The Arrow Finds Its Mark
, from Roaring Brook Press. Her poems are also found in The Poetry Friday Anthology
, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School
, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science
, and the upcoming The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations
, compiled by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell (Pomelo Books). Lee Bennett Hopkins selected one of her poems to appear in Lullaby and Kisses Sweet
to be released by Abrams in March.
Her fiction has appeared in Highlights
, and her poetry has appeared in Ladybug
, Hopscotch for Girls
and Berry Blue Haiku
(which also featured her artwork) . Her work also appears in leading haiku journals, including Frogpond, Acorn,
and Modern Haiku
Robyn began writing stories and drawing pictures while growing up in Orlando, Florida. Editor of her elementary school newspaper, she later graduated cum laude
as a Phi Beta Kappa
English major from Furman University.
Her smartest move was getting involved with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
. She coordinated several Springmingle
conferences for the SCBWI Southern Breeze region and put together a poetry retreat featuring Rebecca Kai Dotlich.
Robyn taught middle school English for two years before diving into writing full-time with the publication of Sir Mike.
She now enjoys sharing her passions for writing and art through school visits and presenatations for all ages in community, festival, and professional settings. She also creates "literary art with a vintage vibe" through her business, artsyletters
She and her husband of 30 years are proud parents of a daughter and a son, one in college and one just graduated and in grad school - and teaching! As animal-loving vegetarians, the family shares life with an assortment of dogs and cats. A few years ago, Robyn volunteered with wolves and other animals at a local wildlife preserve.
Animals, the endeavors of her children, and memories of her own childhood are primary influences in her writing and art. Every day brings inspiration and thanks.
Poring through picture books at a library or bookstore is still a favorite, magical activity. Her two favorite books on writing are Brenda Ueland's If You Want to Write
and Nancy Willard's Telling Time.
"I like to share this quote from Brenda Ueland with kids and adults alike," Robyn says. "Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say."
SCBWI Southern Breeze
hosts some fabulous conferences, including Springmingle in Atlanta!
I was thrilled to meet Katherine Jacobs (top) editor at Roaring Brook, who worked on THE ARROW FINDS IT MARK. Also, what a treat to participate in a novel intensive with Nikki Grimes (bottom) and hear her sessions about poetry.
SCBWI Southern Breeze wik
(Writing and Illustrating for Kids) conferences in Birmingham in October are also fabulous.
I've also been fortunate to go to three Highlights Founders Workshops up near Honesdale, Pennsylvania - with the terrific Highlights folks. (Here's my blog post
Retreats are fun, too! A group of 14 spent a weekend in Birmingham, Ala., for Hester Bass's fantastic "Show Don't Tell" retreat, and Southern Breeze is always cooking up schmoozes and get-togethers. (And here's my blog post
with a wee bit more about that!)
Photos - Top: with Claudia Pearson at SCBWI "Show Don't Tell" Retreat, June 2012
Bottom: with Rebecca Shoniker, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Bill Johnson, and Jacqueline Gramman (and Cindi Kennaley taking pix) at the Highlights Founders "Poetry for All" Workshop.
Meeting up with friends old and new: Stephanie Moody, EJ Stapler, Georgia Book Award winner Jody Feldman, Claudia Pearson, Paula B. Puckett, Georgia Picture Book Award winner Meghan McCarthy, and yours truly.
I enjoyed presenting a "Haiku How-To" workshop at the 43rd Annual Children's Literature Conference
at the University of Georgia in Athens last spring. What an incredible line-up of speakers, including Barbara O'Connor, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Mike Wimmer. Several of us SCBWI Southern Breezers enjoyed catching up with book award winners Barbara O'Connor and Megan McCarthy.
More Springmingling and More!
photo by Jo S. KittingerSCBWI Southern Breeze 20th Anniversary Springmingle: Co-Regional Advisor Claudia Pearson, editor Kristin Daly Rens, agent Mary Kole, Conference Coordinator Robyn Hood Black, editor and art director Greg Ferguson, and keynote author extraordinaire Kirby Larson
Our 20th Anniversary SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle,
, which I coordinated Feb. 24-26, 2012, in Atlanta, was a blast as well!
Advanced Illustrators Worskhop in August 2011: our first session was led by the remarkable and ever-entertaining Eric Rohman. We had to make a relief print school picture of a pig which somehow reflected our personality. This is pretty much how I felt among all the talent in that room - faculty and attendees alike!
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