Robert Wood grew up in Western Australia.

His poetry creates mythic landscapes informed by experience, history and philosophy, and, his critical writing understands contemporary poetry through the frame of dialectics, lifestyle and language games. Wood is the author of three books and his writing has been published in numerous journals including 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, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly, and was the first poet on the faculty of The School of Life. In 2017–2018, he 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.