Robyn Hood Black - children's author, poet

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Bio

(in a nutshell)

Robyn Hood Black is a poet, children's author, and artist hanging with the Spanish moss in coastal South Carolina. Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology series by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books), Georgia Heard's The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook), and Lee Bennett Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams) as well as in Ladybug, Hopscotch, and in leading haiku journals including Frogpond and Modern Haiku. Highlights has published her fiction. Her first two books were Sir Mike (Scholastic Library) and Wolves (Intervisual Books). She also creates "literary art with a vintage vibe" through her art business & Etsy shop, artsyletters.

(in a coconut shell)

Robyn Hood Black is a poet, children's author and artist hanging with the Spanish moss in coastal South Carolina. Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology , The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, and The Poetry Anthology for Science and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, Pomelo Books, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), in Georgia Heard's anthology of found poems, The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook, 2012) and in Lee Bennett Hopkins's Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams, 2015). Her fiction has appeared in Highlights and her poetry has also been featured in Ladybug, Hopscotch , and in leading haiku journals including Frogpond and Modern Haiku. She is incoming Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.

Robyn's first two books were Sir Mike (Scholastic Library) and Wolves (Intervisual Books). She enjoys encouraging young readers, writers, and artists through school visits and speaks to audiences of all ages. She also creates "literary art with a vintage vibe" through her business and Etsy shop, artsyletters.

(the whole coconut)

Robyn Hood Black is a poet, children's author and artist hanging with the Spanish moss in coastal South Carolina. Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology , The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, and The Poetry Anthology for Science and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, Pomelo Books, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), in Georgia Heard's anthology of found poems, The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook, 2012) and in Lee Bennett Hopkins's Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams, 2015). Her fiction has appeared in Highlights and her poetry has also been featured in Ladybug, Hopscotch , and in leading haiku journals including Modern Haiku, Notes from the Gean, The Heron's Nest, A Hundred Gourds, Acorn, Chrysanthemum, Prune Juice, and Frogpond. She is incoming Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.

Robyn's first two books were Sir Mike (Scholastic Library, 2005) and Wolves (Intervisual Books, 2008). She also wrote nature profiles of animals for a character education curriculum (Core Essentials) for many years. Robyn enjoys sharing her passions for writing, art, and animals through school visits and speaking engagements. She also creates "literary art with a vintage vibe" through her art business and Etsy shop, artsyletters.

She was born in Tennessee the same year two of her favorite books debuted: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville. (That's 1963 if you don't want to look it up.)

Robyn grew up writing and drawing in Orlando, Florida - under the spell of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and rocket trails launched from the coast. She spent hours and days and years riding her bike around lakes and exploring the woods near her neighborhood. Her childhood included companionship with lizards, gerbils, hamsters, a parakeet, fish, turtles, cats, and dogs - pretty much any animal her parents would let her have. She talked to wild birds on a fairly regular basis and still does.

Editor of her elementary school newspaper at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, she later worked on the newspaper staff at Winter Park High School. Copy editor for her college yearbook, Robyn was a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of Furman University with a B.A. in English.

Robyn draws on a variety of work experience from newspaper reporter to freelance artist to middle school English teacher. She has worked extensively with animals and children and volunteered with wolves at a wildlife preserve/​zoo in Georgia.

An active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Robyn coordinated several SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle conferences in Atlanta. She also coordinated a poetry retreat with Rebecca Kai Dotlich for the region in 2011.

She and her husband of 31 years are parents of two amazing, recently fledged children and about to gain a son-in-law. They are lifelong vegetarians and share their empty-nester space with a spunky, three-pound rescued Chihuahua and two old cats.

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Robyn has been interviewed on radio for the Martha Zoller Show, WDUN-550, Gainesville, Ga., and on "Following Your Passions" with Bernard Kearse, Radio Sandy Springs, Ga.

She was also featured in a local e-zine, FamilyFirstMagazine.com, in April 2008 for National Poetry Month.

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Poems
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Haiku
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.
Books
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!
Magazines
In addition to writing books, Robyn has sold her writing to major children's magazines.
Portfolio
illustrations
Media
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