Robin Anna Smith (they/their/Mx) is an award-winning Pushcart-nominated writer and visual artist. Their work focuses on disability, gender, trauma, and systems from a neurodiverse perspective. Their work is published internationally in numerous journals and anthologies. Robin has two haiku collections: Systems Askew (2019), and Forsythia, which is forthcoming.
Robin is the Founder and EIC for Human/Kind Journal and Human/Kind Press, and an Associate Editor at both Sonic Boom and Yavanika Press. They are more of a cats, dogs, and unicorns person than a people person.
Artist's Statement: 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. 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.