Robert Wood grew up in Western Australia.
His poetry creates mythic landscapes informed by experience, history and philosophy, and, his essays examine identity through the frame of lifestyle, language games and dialectics. Wood is the author of three books and has had work published in The Guardian, Counterpunch and LA Review of Books.
He has worked for Australian Poetry and The Centre for Stories, edited for Overland, Peril and Cordite, and was the first poet on the faculty of The School of Life. In 2017–2018, Wood was an Endeavour Research Fellow at Columbia University.
At present, he is writing poems about youth, friendship and the ocean, and a series of short essays about suburbanism. Wood is Chair of PEN Perth, Australian editor at PennSound and a Copyright Agency Emerging Critic with Sydney Review of Books.
He blogs about food here.