Robert Wood was born in Boorloo (Perth) to Malayali and Scottish parents.
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.
Robert is the author of three books and over two hundred publications in the United States, China, India, England, Scotland, France, Portugal, Nigeria, Singapore, and Australia. His work has been translated into Spanish, Mandarin, Farsi, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, and Marathi.
He has worked for The Centre for Stories, been an Emerging Critic with the Sydney Review of Books, and sat on the Faculty of The School of Life. In 2017–2018, Robert was an Endeavour Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York City.
Signed author copies of all his print publications are held at the Kislak Special Collections Library at the University of Pennsylvania. This archive includes Robert’s heavily annotated versions of Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems and Lao Tzu’s Dao De Ching. Contact librarians there for access.
At present, he is writing poems about youth, friendship, and the ocean; and, essays about suburbanism. Robert is Chair of PEN Perth.