Robyn Hood Black - children's author, poet, artist


photo by Donna H. Bowman

presenting haiku workshop at SCBWI Southern Breeze Writing and Illustrating for Kids Conference, Oct. 2011

signing at 2011 Springmingle

Co-presenting with Sharon Wright Mitchell at SCBWI Southern Breeze Writing and Illustrating for Kids conference, Oct. 2010

Your enthusiasm is contagious. My students had fun and learned more about poetry!
SB, Fourth Grade Teacher, GA


Directing traffic? No, speaking at LaGrange College! Lovely campus, and wonderful faculty, staff and students (who happen to love children's lit!)....

Open Wide! Matt Jeffirs, Donna H. Bowman, and yours truly showing off pop-ups!

Signing books with SCBWI Southern Breeze co-Regional Advisor Jo Kittinger at the 2008 Fall Conference

WOLVES show-and-tell!

What could possibly be better than storytime in your PJs??? photo by Eric Wold

Robyn is happy to sign books.

Thank you for coming and reading us a story. We liked your poems so much. Thank you for letting us keep the book.
Your friend, D.
first grade, Georgia

photo by Lynn Kelly Chestatee Wildlife Preserve residents enjoy making public appearances! (Luna is 5 months old here.)

photo by Sharon Wright Mitchell

Out & About

2017 EVENTS


March 11-12 - Attending SCBWI Southern Breeze SPRINGMINGLE, Atlanta, GA.

April 21-23 - Coordinating a Haiku Society of America Meeting and Workshop, "Honoring the Earth," Earth Day weekend in St. Simons, GA.

October 2017 - Cobb County Literacy Week, Cobb County, GA.

ROBYN'S CALENDAR


2016 EVENTS


Feb. 19 - Visiting Author/​Poetry Presentations, Oakview Elementary School, Simpsonville, SC

March 31 - Young Authors Conference presenter, Long County School System, Ludowici, GA

Sept. 11-15 - attending "The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children" led by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard, Highlights Foundation Workshop, Honesdale, PA.

Sept. 30 - presenting a Found Poetry Maker Workshop for fellow presenting poets, Poetry Camp weekend, Bellingham WA (below).

Oct. 1 - co-presenting a workshop on picture books and poetry with Julie Larios at WWU's Poetry Camp, Bellingham, WA, and attending the rest!

October - Visiting Author - Cobb County EMC Literacy Week, Cobb County, Ga.
Oct. 24 - Acworth Elementary
Oct. 25 - Nicholson Elementary
Oct. 26 - Boston Elementary
Oct. 27 - Hollydale Elementary
Oct. 28 - Murdock Elementary

2015 EVENTS


March 13-15- attending SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustrators Day and Spring Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

May 15-17 attending Haiku Society of America Quarterly Meeting/​Conference, Orlando, Fla.

Sept. 24 - attending Writing Nonfiction, Georgia Heard, Upstate Schools Consortium, Furman University, Greenville, SC .

Sept. 26-29 - attending Poetry by the Sea Retreat with Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Jupiter, Florida

October 26-30 - Visiting Author - Cobb County EMC Literacy Week, Cobb County, Ga.

      Oct. 26 - Vaughan Elementary
      Oct. 27 - Oak Grove Elementary
      Oct. 28 - Bells Ferry Elementary
      Oct. 29 - Birney Elementary
      Oct. 30 - Powers Ferry Elementary

Nov. 7 - Children's Author Presenatation, Georgia Literary Festival, Augusta, Ga.

2014 EVENTS


March 21-23 - attending Haiku Society of America first Quarterly Meeting/​Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

March 28-30 - attending SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustrators Day and Spring Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

July 2 - attending SCBWI Southern Breeze character workshop with Marietta Zacker, Atlanta, Ga.

October - Visiting Author, Cobb EMC Literacy Week, Cobb County, Ga. [OOPS - Broke myself and couldn't attend that one. Looking forward to 2015!]

PAST EVENTS-


Creating as a group with fourth graders at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia

2013 Events

Feb. 12 - Guest Speaker, Fine Arts Study Club, Gainesville, Ga.

Feb. 22-24 - attending SCBWI Southern Breeze "Springmingle," Atlanta, Ga.

March 29 - Author Visit, Fair Street Internatinal Baccalaureate School, Gainesville, Ga.

April - Classroom visit, Fourth Grade, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.

April 10 - Poetry Panel with Irene Latham and April Halprin Wayland, "Take Five! Create Fun with The Poetry Friday Anthology," The Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.

May 14 - Young Authors program speaker - Habersham County, Ga.
      School Visit - Hazel Grove Elementary School, Mt. Airy, Ga.

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 - Vendor! artsyletters booth at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, Ga. I'll be selling my original "literary art with a vintage vibe"/​gifts for readers & writers, and also books. Come on by!

Sept. 21-22 - Vendor! artsyletters booth at Art in the Square, Gainesville, Ga. I'll be selling my original "literary art with a vintage vibe"/​gifts for readers & writers, and also books. Come say Howdy!

Oct. 11-12 - Workshop Presenter: "Poetry Tips for Prose Writers" - Writing and Illustrating for Kids (wik). SCBWI Southern Breeze Fall Conference. Click here for schedule!

Oct. 25 - 27 - Panel. The Southeast Chapter of the Haiku Society of America (HSA) - 2nd Annual Ginko Haikufest, "gazing at flowers" - Click here for flyer.

Oct. 28 - Nov. 1 - Visiting Author, Cobb County Literacy Week.
Oct. 28 - Allatoona Elementary
Oct. 29 - Tellus Science Museum, 1 and 2 pm, Cartersville, Ga.
Oct. 30 - Timber Ridge Elementary
Oct. 31 - Cornerstone Preparatory
Nov. 1 - Due West Elementary

Nov. 16-17 - Vendor! artsyletters booth at Christmas in Central Park, Cumming, Ga. I'll be selling my original "literary art with a vintage vibe"/​gifts for readers & writers. Jingle jingle!

2012 Events

Jan. 9 - School Visit/​Writing Workshops, Fifth Grade, Dyer Elementary School, J. G. Dyer Elementary School, Dacula, Ga.

Jan. 27 - Career Day participant, Gainesville Exploration Academy, Gainesville, Ga.

Feb. 2 - Author Night Speaker (Dragon-themed for SIR MIKE!), Kilough Elementary School, Dawsonville, Ga.

Feb. 11 - Author presentations, Next Generation Focus/​SmarterMe program, Forsyth County, Ga.

Feb. 24-26 - Coordinator, SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

March 23-24 - presenting "Haiku How-To" workshop, 43rd Annual Children's Literature Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

April - Classroom visit, "Writing Celebration" week, Fourth Grade, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.
Classroom writing workshop for eighth grade, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.

Virtually OUT AND ABOUT: Springtime in Kidlitosphere -
Participating in MADNESS 2012 Poetry Tournament at http:/​/​www.thinkkidthink.com/​
April 4 - Participating in Kidit Progressive Poem for Poetry Month
April 11 - Guest for Poetry Potluck on Jama Rattigan's terrific blog, http:/​/​jamarattigan.com/​
April 13 - Guest on Laura Shovan's wonderful blog, Author Amok - http:/​/​authoramok.blogspot.com/​
April 17 - Guest on Cathy C. Hall's ever-clever blog - http:/​/​cathychall.wordpress.com/​

May - Judge, Poetry Contest, 7th Grade (Hall County, Ga.)

May 10-13 - attending Highlights Founders workshop, Poetry for All, Honesdale, Penn.

June 8-10 - attending "Show Don't Tell" workshop led by Hester Bass, SCBWI Southern Breeze, Birmingham, Ala.

Aug. 31 - attending "Illustrators Day," SCBWI Southern Breeze, Decatur, Ga.

Oct. 20 - attending "Writing and Illustrating for Kids" fall conference, SCBWI Southern Breeze, Birmingham, Ala.

Oct. 27 - Reading at Hall Book Exhange Read-a-Thon (for Literacy), Gainesville, Ga.

Nov. 7, 8, 9 - Author visits in and around Cobb County, Ga. - Cobb EMC Literacy Week
November 7 - Russom Elementary School
November 8 - Russell Elementary School
November 9 - Cheatham Hill Elementary School

Nov. 15 - Author Appearance for Reading Fair, Blue Ridge Elemenatry School, Blue Ridge, Ga.



SCBWI Southern BreezePAL booth - Decatur Book Festival 2010

Nancy Raines Day, Susan Rosson Spain, Donna Bowman, me, PJ Shaw

2011 Events

Jan. 20-21 - Literacy Night Speaker and School Visits, Oakbrook Elementary School, Ladson, SC

Jan. 23 - Georgia Reading Association Conference Authors Panel with Donny Bailey Seagraves, Elizabeth Dulemba, and Gail L. Karwoski, Atlanta, Ga.

Feb. 25-26 - Attending/​Volunteering SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle, Atlanta, Ga.

Mar. 2 - School Visit, Cumming Elementary School Third Grade, Forsyth County, Ga.

March and April: Writing Celebration: Lower School assembly speaker and author presentations/​poetry workshops with Fourth Grade, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.

May 4 - Awards Banquet Speaker, Northeast Georgia Writers, Gainesville, Ga.

June 10-12 - Coordinator, SCBWI Southern Breeze "Diving in to Poetry" Retreat with Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Dahlonega, Ga.

June 14 - Leading writing workshop at Lakeview Academy's Middle School Writing Camp, Gainesville, Ga.

June 15 - Leading session on wolves at ZOOFARI Summer Camp, Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, Dahlonega, Ga.

June 21 - Author Visit, Primrose Suwanee West, Suwanee, Ga.

Sept. 1-5 - attending Highlights Founders workshop, Advanced Illustrators Workshop,Honesdale, Penn.

Oct. 12 - classroom visit, AP English Language, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.

Oct. 15 - presenting haiku workshop, SCBWI Southern Breeze fall conference, Birmingham, Ala.

Nov. 12 - Children's Author presentation on wolves, Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, Ga.

Nov. 19 - Co-presenter, "Research for Writers" Schmooze, SCBWI Southern Breeze , Forsyth County Public Library, Cumming, Ga.

photo by Betty King


2010 Events

Feb. 18 - School Visit, Cumming Elementary School, Forsyth County, Ga.

March 2 - School Visit, Cleveland Road Elementary School, Athens, Ga.

March 9 - Speaker, Carrollton Writers' Club, Cultural Arts Center,
10 a.m. - 12 noon, Carrollton, Ga.

March 26 - Volunteer with Chestatee Wildlife Preserve visit to
Blackburn Elementary School, Dawsonville, Ga.

March 27 - attending "Writing Nonfiction for Kids" workshop,
NE Spruill Oaks Library, Johns Creek, Ga.

April - Poetry Judge, Hall County Middle School Writing Contest, Ga.

April 13, 14 - School Visit, Writing Celebration, Lakeview Academy,
Gainesville, Ga.

August 7 - attending "Page 2" - Writers and Illustrators Conference,
AnAuthor World, Greenville, SC. www.anauthorworld.com

Sept. 3 - attending SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustrators Day workshop,
Decatur, Ga.

Sept. 4-6 - SCBWI PAL booth, Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, Ga.

Oct. 15 - Co-presenting two workshops (magazines and school visits) with
Sharon Wright Mitchell, SCBWI Southern Breeze Fall Conference,
Birmingham, Ala.

Oct. 21 - Classroom Visits/​Family Night presentation - 21st Century After
School Program, Robinson Elementary School, Dawsonville, Ga.

Nov. 3-5 - School visits in and near Charleston, West Va. (Part of W. Va. Symphony Orchestra Arts in Education program):
Nov. 3 - Dixie Elementary School, Poca Elementary School
Nov. 4 - Poca Elementary cont., Flinn Elementary School
Nov. 5 - Alderson Elementary School

Nov. 23 - School Visit, New Prospect Elementary School, Alpharetta, Ga.

Gene Fehler, Donny Seagraves, Margo Candelario, Elizabeth Dulemba, me, Donna H. Bowman

Panel, Borders Books, Athens, Ga., Oct. 2009

2009 Events

Feb. 7 - attending SCBWI conference, Hattiesburg, Miss.: "Researching, Writing, Editing, School Presentations" featuring Debbie S. Miller, Alaskan author of nature books (www.debbiemilleralaska.com)
...and guided Tour of the De Grummond Collection of Children’s Literature!

Feb. 27-Mar. 1 - Coordinator, SCBWI Southern Breeze SpringMingle, Atlanta, Ga. (www.southern-breeze.org)

Mar. 6-7 - attending UGA Children's Literature Conference, Athens, Ga.

Mar. 12-13 - School Visit, Mt. Vernon Elementary School, Gainesville, Ga.

Mar. 20 - Dropping in to say howdy and sign books at Benton Elementary School, Jackson County, Ga.

Mar. 31 - Speaker, Children's Author Program, LaGrange College, LaGrange, Ga:
"A Walk on the Wild Side: Authors, Children's Literature, and Research."

April 2 - School Visit, North Jackson Elementary School, Talmo, Ga.

April 11 - Easter Egg Hunt at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve (I might be painting faces?!)

April 14 - Fine Arts Study Club speaker, Gainesville, Ga.

April 22 - Fourth grade classroom visit, Friendship Elementary School, Buford, Ga.

April 25 (Saturday) - Cedar Valley Arts Festival, Cedartown, Ga. Author Presentation for children 11:30 - 12:15.

April 30 - School Visit, South Hall Middle School, Gainesville, Ga.

May 6 - School Visit, Maysville Elementary School, Maysville, Ga.

June 19, 20 - attending Magnolia Storytelling Festival and workshops, Roswell, Ga.

July 28 - Elementary School Day Camp visit, Primrose Suwanee West, Suwanee, Ga.

Sept. 4-6 - Decatur Book Festival, Children's Area: with Donna Bowman, 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6 (and hanging around the SCBWI Southern Breeze PAL members booth all weekend...)

Sept. 8 - Speaker, Exemplary School of Writing luncheon, Macon, Ga., sponsored by Writing to Win. www.writingtowin.com

Sept. 18 - School Visit, South Hall Middle School, Flowery Branch, Ga.

Sept. 24- 27 - attending Highlights Founders Workshop in poetry, "Wordplay" with Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Honesdale, Pa.

Oct. 4 - Children's Authors and Illustrators Panel, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Borders Books, Athens, Ga.

Oct. 23 - Hall Book Exchange Literacy Read-a-thon, 7 - 7:30 p.m. during children's story time, Gainesville, Ga.

Nov. 4 - Blog Radio interview with Jen Schneider, host of Teacher Talk Radio - 8 p.m. EST

Nov. 13 - School Visit, The Paideia School, Atlanta, Ga.

2008 Events

Jan. 15 - Autographing for "Walk of Fame," Multiple Intelligences Fair, Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Gainesville, Ga.

Feb. 22-24 - Coordinator, SCBWI Southern Breeze SpringMingle, Atlanta, Ga.
Click Southern Breeze link on right to learn more about our conferences!

Feb. 29-Mar. 1 - attending UGA Children's Literature Conference, Athens, Ga.

March 3 - Guest Reader, Pajama Storytime, Hall County Public Library, Main Branch, Gainesville, Ga.

April 4 - School Visit, Wauka Mountain Elementary School, Hall County, Ga.

May 6-7 - School Visit, Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School, Gainesville, Ga.

May 27 - Radio interview with Bernard Kearse, "Following Your Passions." Airs 8 p.m., or listen later to the archive. http:/​/​www.radiosandysprings.com/​passions.php

June 6-8 - attending retreat, "Make History Come Alive" with Caroline Yoder, Calkins Creek Press, Jackson, Miss.

June 27-28 - attending Magnolia Storytelling Festival and workshops, Roswell, Ga.

August 13 - MOMS Club of Gainesville, Author Talk and Storytime, Gainesville, Ga.

August 29-30 - Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, Ga. CBAIS Booth (Children's Book Authors and Illustrators of the South - see link at right)

Sept. 8 - Classroom Visit, AP American History class,
Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 - Writer in Residence, Benton Elementary School, Jackson County, Ga.

Oct. 17-18 - attending SCBWI Southern Breeze fall conference, Birmingham, Ala.

Nov. 13 - Science Classroom visits, 8th grade, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.
(Research and Story)

Dec. 3 - Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Radio interview on the Martha Zoller Show, WDUN 550 in Gainesville, Ga.

Dec. 6 - Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. - WOLVES author presentation (1 p.m.) and signing at Hall Book Exchange, Gainesville, Ga.

Dec. 7 - Sunday at 3 p.m. - storytime and book signing for WOLVES at Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, Ga., with other Intervisual Books Animal Vault creators Matt Jeffirs (art director for the series and illustrator of SHARKS) and Donna H. Bowman (author of BIG CATS).

2007

November 2-3 - attendee, Voices in Children's Literature and Wordworks conference, Unicoi State Park, GA

October 20 - volunteer/​attendee, SCBWI Southern Breeze Writing and Illustrating for Kids conference, Birmingham, AL

October 6 - Authors Day booksigning for Family Weekend at Furman University, Greenville, SC

Aug. 3-6 - attendee, 36th Annual Summer Conference, SCBWI, Los Angeles, CA

April 30 - Classroom Visit, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Georgia

March 2-4 - Coordinator, SCBWI Southern Breeze SpringMingle, Atlanta, Georgia
Click Southern Breeze link on right to learn more about our conferences!

February 17-18 - Children's author, Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, Georgia
http:/​/​www.literaryfestival.org/​

Feb. 6 - Radio Guest, 11:20 - 11:40 a.m., The Martha Zoller Show, WDUN News-Talk 550, Gainesville, Georgia


2006

November 16 - Book Signing, Scholastic Book Fair Parent Night, Daves Creek Elementary, Cumming, Georgia

October 7 - Local Authors Book Signing, Hall Book Exchange, 1854 Thompson Bridge Road, 1 - 3 p.m.
www.hallbookexchange.com

May 9 - Lanier Elementary School, first grade classroom visit, Gainesville, Georgia

March 10 - Essay Judge, Regional Literary Meet, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Georgia

February 24 - Gulf Shores Elementary School, first grade classroom visit, Gulf Shores, Alabama

January 26 - Career Day classroom speaker, 7th grade, Gainesville Middle School, Gainesville, Georgia

January 19 - Autograph event, Multiple Intelligences Fair, Enota Elementary School, Gainesville, Georgia


2005

November 17 - Assembly for grades 3 - 5,
Mt. Vernon Elementary School, Hall County, Georgia

November 15 - Media Center presentations for
grades K - 2, Mt. Vernon Elementary School,
Hall County, Georgia

November 11 - Book Fair Kickoff Party and Signing, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Georgia

Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky, shared insights and inspiration at the 2007 SCBWI LA conference in August.

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