A bit about me:
I first discovered my love of writing as an eight-year-old with a penchant for dramatic fancy. I composed poetry on window ledges and wrote an epic novel about an adventuring polar bear. None of those early works saw publication, but since then I have been featured in Solstice Literary Magazine, Port City Life Magazine, Bangor Metro, the Valley News, Genesee Valley Parent Magazine, and the Middlesex News. One of those feature stories, Summers in Rachel's House, won an honorable mention in the Writers Digest annual competition in 2009. I spent eight years as a regular columnist, first for the Northborough-Southborough Villager, then for Bangor Daily News. As a BDN columnist I wrote stories about people all over the state of Maine. It was an exercise that significantly boosted the love I already had for my adopted home state, where I have been a part-time resident for 39 years and a full time resident for 18. I've also been inspired to write about motherhood, aging, books, grandchildren, dogs, travels, religion, the natural world, and the meaning of life, not necessarily in that order. Thinking deeply is important; so is laughter. That's what I try to find through words.
In 2015 I completed an MFA in creative writing through the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast program. After 173 columns for the Bangor Daily, I shifted my attention to larger book projects and freelance work. I also began teaching writing at Husson University, which I enjoyed enormously for five years.
My first full length book, as yet unpublished, is a memoir called, My Mother's Choice. The book explores a profound mother-daughter relationship seen through the urgent lens of illness and dying, and includes extensive research and interviews related to our country's handling of death and dying in the 21st century. At its core stands an independent, stubborn, loving mother who was determined to take control of her own death. The book's bigger picture considers the many flaws in our society's handling of death. We can do much better.
An essay I wrote on the topic was published in Solstice Literary Magazine in April of 2019. It is titled, "How Do You Help Your Parents Die?"
Richard Hoffman, the non-fiction editor for that issue, wrote this about the essay:
"I doubt you will ever read a more heartbreaking and also enlightening essay about the ways we must negotiate and navigate the final care of our loved ones than Robin Wood’s aptly titled, “How Do You Help Your Parents Die?” in which she addresses every layer of that tear-stained, manifold question."
My second full-length book is a biography/memoir hybrid that tells the life story of Rachel Field, an award-winning Maine author from the 1930’s.
"The Field House: A Writer's Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine" will be released by She Writes Press on May 4, 2021!
When my husband and I bought Rachel's old summer house on an island off the coast of Maine, I became captivated by the woman and her work. My ten-year journey of unearthing the details of her all-too-brief life changed my own life's trajectory, both as a mother and as a writer. Rachel became a presence, a mentor, a friend I would never meet. That project generated guest speaker engagements at the Deep Carnivale conference in Tampa, Florida, the Cranberry Isles Historical Society of Maine, the Hitty Conference in Stockbridge Massachusetts, Dirigo Pines retirement home in Orono, Maine, and Southwest Harbor, Maine's public library. I hope to do a similar tour after the book's publication, so stay tuned.
I'm a graduate of Yale University, where I completed a BA in American Studies. I also have an MA in English from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine’s amazing Stonecoast program.
I've long enjoyed living in central Maine, where I'm now an empty nester with my husband and dogs. My favorite activities include being outdoors, playing the piano, crossword puzzles, a really good cheeseburger, and regular visits from my four children and their growing families.
I am a member of the AWP, the Authors Guild, and Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. You can find me on the MWPA's "Find Maine Writers" pages: (find.mainewriters.org)