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

photo by Betty King

Judy and Krista bought a pack of WOLVES at Hall Book Exchange!

Donna Bowman, yours truly, and Matt Jeffirs at Little Shop of Stories

I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
Abraham Lincoln


Robyn Hood Black makes poems and art in the South Carolina Lowcountry, where sea breezes beckon and Spanish moss ghosts the live oaks. Her poetry appears in several anthologies as well as in leading haiku journals. She enjoys exploring the creative life with readers, writers, and artists of all ages.

Poetry Friday Power Books from Pomelo Books! Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong of Pomelo Books have started an amazing classroom-friendly series with YOU JUST WAIT (September 2016, and selected as an NCTE Notable for 2017) and HERE WE GO (January 2017). I'm thrilled to have a poem in each one. Click on the covers to learn more about these one-of-a-kind resources! (And there's a third one in the series just out - PET CRAZY. You should get all three. ;0) )

You can't start them off too young when it comes to poetry! I'm honored to have a poem included in this collection by Lee Bennett Hopkins for babies and toddlers, Lullaby and Kisses Sweet from Abrams. Check out my interview with LBH here!

Find Robyn's Poetry in These Books

THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK, Roaring Brook, 2012; THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY series, Pomelo Books, 2012-17, LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET, Abrams, 2015, POEMS ARE TEACHERS by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Heinemann, 2017, and SCHOOL PEOPLE by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Wordsong, 2018 (& more forthcoming...).

Robyn's haiku appear in several anthologies, including WRITE LIKE ISSA by David G. Lanoue, DUST DEVILS - the 2016 Red Moon Anthology, THEY GAVE US LIFE by Robert Epstein, and EVERY CHICKEN, COW,FISH AND FROG - Animal Rights Haiku, by Robert Epstein and Miriam Wald.

Robyn's Books

[SIR MIKE, Scholastic Library, 2005,2006; WOLVES, Intervisual Books, 2008]
Sadly, these are now out of print, but you can often find copies from online booksellers.

My studio is in an 1889 building in historic downtown Beaufort, SC.

In addition to writing, I have an art business, artsyletters, feauturing "literary art with a vintage vibe." In my Etsy shop, I have original drawings and prints, note cards, book marks, altered page collages, typewriter key jewelry and more - a gathering of gifts for readers and writers! If you have a moment, check it out - and thanks!

Many thanks to Kami Kinard (left) for the warm writerly welcome to Beaufort, SC! We are pictured here with fellow writer Katherine Tandy Brown.

YAY for getting together with writers, illustrators, editors, & kidlit peeps!

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 about one.)

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.

photo by Jo S. Kittinger

SCBWI 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
More Springmingling and More!

Our 20th Anniversary SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle, , which I coordinated Feb. 24-26, 2012, in Atlanta, was a blast as well!

HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDERS 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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"4 Kids 2 Do" and "Press Kit" pages.

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bio, photos, interview links, etc.
Explore a poem or two or five....
Explore this genre of sparely crafted poetry which offers endless depth. Resources for students, teachers, and writers.
Author visits
In schools or other settings, Robyn shares her passion for writing and encourages creativity. Presentations for all age groups.
In addition to writing books, Robyn has sold her writing to major children's magazines.
A rhyming tale of a young boy's knightly adventure with an imagined dragon.
Nonfiction, interactive book on wolves featuring giant pop-up and tons of info!