Robin Anna Smith is a disabled writer and visual artist, currently residing in Wilmington, Delaware. She began writing when she became bed-bound and acquired aphasia due to illness. Through writing, she has had significant recovery in her communication skills.
Her work appears in a variety of international online and print journals and in Unsealing Our Secrets: A Short Poem Anthology About Sexual Abuse. She is a regular contributor at Rhythm & Bones Lit's Necropolis Blog "Eraser Marks" feature. Forthcoming work in Rhythm & Bones Lit Mag, Blithe Spirit, The Cicada's Cry, The Haiku Foundation's Per Diem, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, The Haiku Society of America's Member Anthology 2018, and The British Haiku Society's Member Anthology 2018.
I write both poetry and prose, often hybrids, such as haibun. My compositions are written plainly, the way I speak, because I want my stories to feel the way I do when I'm telling them verbally. As a person who has lived with a dissociative disorder since early childhood, I'm able to maintain a distance from my stories, while still being in the midst of them. When writing, I try to leave enough white space to allow a reader to come into my world and interpret things from their own vantage point and possibly come away with a new perspective. Sometimes, I'm told people are unsettled or disturbed by my work. While I don't purposely write to shock, I do attempt to reflect on subjects that people would often prefer to ignore, as well as highlight contradictions in everyday life.