Robyn Hood Black - children's author, poet

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Bio

(in a nutshell)

Robyn Hood Black is the author of Sir Mike (Scholastic Library, 2005) and Wolves (Intervisual Books, 2008) and writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, Pomelo Books, 2012 & 2013), in Georgia Heard's anthology of found poems, The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook, 2012), and in leading haiku journals. Her fiction has appeared in Highlights and her poetry has been featured in Ladybug and Hopscotch. She also creates "art for your literary side" through her business, artsyletters.



(in a coconut shell)

Robyn Hood Black is a children's author and poet living in Northeast Georgia. Her books include Sir Mike (Scholastic Library, 2005) and Wolves (Intervisual Books, 2008). Her poetry appears in Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, Pomelo Books, 2012 & 2013), in Georgia Heard's anthology of found poems, The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook, 2012), and in leading haiku journals. Her fiction has appeared in Highlights and her poetry has been featured in Ladybug and Hopscotch. She enjoys encouraging young readers, writers, and artists through school visits and speaks to audiences of all ages. She also creates "art for your literary side" through her business, artsyletters.





(the whole coconut)

Robyn Hood Black is a children's author, poet, and artist living in Northeast Georgia. Her books include Sir Mike (Scholastic Library, 2005), a Rookie Reader written in rhyme, and Wolves (Intervisual Books, 2008), a nonfiction, interactive book and part of Intervisual's Animal Vault series. Her poetry appears in Her poetry appears in The Poetry Friday Anthology and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, Pomelo Books, 2012 & 2013), in Georgia Heard's anthology of found poems, The Arrow Finds Its Mark (Roaring Brook, 2012), and in leading haiku journals.

Robyn's fiction has appeared in Highlights, and her poetry has appeared inLadybug, Hopscotch for Girls, and Berry Blue Haiku, which also published her artwork. Her haiku has appeared in Modern Haiku, Notes from the Gean, The Heron's Nest, A Hundred Gourds, Acorn, Chrysanthemum, Prune Juice, and Frogpond. She's also written nature profiles of animals for a character education curriculum (Core Essentials) for four years. Robyn enjoys sharing her passions for writing, art, and animals through school visits and speaking engagements. She also creates "art for your literary side" through her business, 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 the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, Ga., for several years. She is a parent youth leader at her family's church.

An active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Robyn coordinated the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle conferences in Atlanta. She coordinated a poetry retreat for the region in 2011.

She and her husband of 28 years share life with a daughter in college and son in high school - all are vegetarians - and a spirited assortment of dogs and 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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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!
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In schools or other settings, Robyn shares her passion for writing and encourages creativity. Presentations for all age groups.
Magazines
In addition to writing books, Robyn has sold her writing to major children's magazines.
Haiku
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