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. His writing has been translated into Mandarin, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Spanish. 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, Wood was an Endeavour Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York City.

At present, he is writing poems about youth, friendship and the ocean, and, a series of essays about suburbanism. Wood is Chair of PEN Perth.

He blogs about food here.