Robin Clifford Wood is an author, poet, and teacher living in central Maine. She has a BA from Yale University, an MA in English from the University of Rochester, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast program.
In addition to being a regular columnist for 7 years in Massachusetts and Maine, Wood has had work published in Solstice Literary Magazine (“How Do You Help Your Parents Die?”) Port City Life magazine, Bangor Metro, The Maine Review, Decor Maine Magazine, Literary Ladies Guide, Writes4Women, Book Babble, Maine Public media, and more.
Wood's first book, a biography-memoir hybrid titled, The Field House: A Writer's Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine, won two 2022 Maine Literary Awards and a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Award. Her poetry has been produced for professional audio performance and has won second place in the Writer's Digest Annual Competition (2020).
Wood lives in Maine with her husband, and a rotating array of visiting children, in-laws, and granddogs that keep her young. Through her life and her writing, Wood seeks to discover more about the confounding complexity and simplicity of each person and every thing - death and laughter, dogs and snowflakes, music, magic, motherhood, cataclysm, and the smell of popcorn.
Please visit robincliffordwood.com for speaking engagements and more information.
The Field House: A Writer's Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine
The Field House is an unusual biography-memoir hybrid about a once-renowned author named Rachel Field. The book recounts the stories of two strong women whose lives intersect in an old summer house on an island in Maine. Rachel Field died years before her biographer was born. Even so, the two women transform each others' lives through a relationship of uncanny synchronicity and devotion.
How Do You Help Your Parents DieApril 2019
Awards and Recognition
- Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award; 2022 Maine Literary Award for non-fiction; 2022 John N. Cole Award for Maine-based non-fiction; Finalist in American Book Fest's 18th annual competition