Robert Wood grew up in Western Australia.

His writing focuses on our relationship with the natural world and draws on his experiences of country, suburb and city to create mythic landscapes informed by history and philosophy. Wood is working on a book of poems about death, dreams and animals. In 2017 he published a collection of short essays titled History & the Poet with Australian Scholarly Publishing. These touch on personal narrative, literary theory and the 'Australian' past as they emerge in contemporary poetry. 

Wood's writing has been published in numerous literary and academic journals. He has worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Overland, Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and was the first poet on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for The Centre for Stories. In 2017–2018, he will be an Endeavour Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and is a Copyright Agency Emerging Critic with Sydney Review of Books.

He blogs about food here.