Robin Michel has over twenty years’ experience as a professional writer, publisher, editor, creative writing instructor, and communications consultant. Her articles have been published in numerous daily and weekly newspapers, regional and special interest magazines. A Pushcart Prize nominee in short fiction, her poetry has also received recognition, including first place for the prose poem in the 2019 Soul-Making Keats Competition. She is also a recipient of the 2021 Anne G. Locasio Scholarship from the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference.
Robin belongs to two poetry collectives, Fresh Ink (San Francisco East Bay) and Wild Women Writing (San Francisco), and is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In 2019, Robin founded the independent poetry-publishing house Raven & Wren Press, in order to release Florence Miller’s After Rain a Little Girl Straightening Worms. In fall 2020, Raven & Wren released HOW TO BEGIN: Poems, Prompts, Tips and Writing Exercises by the Fresh Ink Poetry Collective to improve your poetry practice—or start a group of your own, Edited by Robin Michel.
Robin currently teaches English at Woodside, a small international high school located in the Inner Sunset neighborhood. Last year’s student reading list included The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Dante’s Inferno, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and a list of poets too numerous to mention. This year’s reading list includes The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and Night by Eli Wiesel. Suggestions always welcome.