I've got news! First, my poem about Mother's Day in the time of Covid won a second place in the Writer's Digest Annual Competition - one of 500 entries in the rhyming poetry category! I was floating on air for weeks after that.
Second, I was commissioned by Bangor, Maine's Penobscot Theatre Company to write a ghost story for their audio ghost tales show that opens on October 15, 2020. Please check out their website and get tickets, either to the one show or the whole season. Live theatre needs your help to stay alive in this crazy time. Watch for "The Ballad of Hadlock, the Seal Hunter Showman."
April 2019: My essay, "How Do You Help Your Parents Die," has just gone live on Solstice Literary Magazine's website. Author Richard Hoffman, the non-fiction editor for this edition writes 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."
Here is my Rachel Field inspired essay for Maine Public Radio's series, "Music That Moves Me."
Check out the Bangor Daily News special section for Sep. 21, 2018, "Maine Outdoors and Adventure." My article about hiking the Moosehead Lake Region is the cover story, with lots of great photos inside! Here is the link:
the article begins on pages 4-5.
Here is a poem about getting old. It was inspired during a recent trip to Oxford, England, where "old" means something far more ancient than we Americans associate with the word. See this link, and turn to page 2! https://issuu.com/bdnsections/docs/seniorliving_fall2018_fnl
I had no idea, when I submitted a poem about Guster to the Bangor Daily News in January, that my dear old doggie friend would be gone by the time it was published. It works well as a tribute, and I loved seeing his photo in the paper.
In the same issue of the BDN was this story highlighting the wonders of Maine Huts and Trails. What a win-win situation it is when you can do what you love and write about it!
I had a great time looking back through my five years' worth of columns to gather material for this latest story - a Maine bucket list inspired by Maine's people. Take a look at page 14 in this Bangor Daily News special section: https://issuu.com/bdnsections/docs/proof
"Going South," an original poem, appeared in the Bangor Daily News on Aug. 25th, as part of a special section for seniors. Here is a link: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/25/special-sections/going-south-a-poem/
To browse five years of columns about people and places in Maine, go to: http://bangordailynews.com/author/robin-clifford-wood/
To read the original column that led to the full-length memoir, My Mother's Choice: An End of Life Story, go to: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/03/25/living/my-mothers-choice-to-die/_
To browse through a year of sunrise photographs and contemplations, go to: http://ayearofgettingup.blogspot.com/_
For an introduction to Rachel Field, go here: http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/04/living/conversations-with-maine-lifestyle/rachel-field-%E2%80%94-poet-writer-daughter-of-maine/