Robin Anna Smith (she/her/Mx) is a writer and visual artist, who has won awards for her senryu, haiku, and haiga. In 2018, she received a Pushcart nomination for one of her haibun. Her work focuses on disability, gender, and trauma, as well as systems from a neurodiverse perspective. Her work is published internationally, in numerous journals and anthologies. Her first collection (a mini-chap), Systems Askew is forthcoming.
Robin is the founding and chief editor for Human/Kind Journal, a journal of topical and contemporary Japanese short-forms and art, and an Associate Editor at Yavanika Press. She is 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.