Rhea Côté Robbins
Down the Plains by Maine writer Rhea Côté Robbins

Rhea Côté Robbins

Rhea Côté Robbins is the author of 'down the Plains' and Wednesday's Child, the 1997 Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Chapbook Award winner. She is also the editor of Canuck and Other Stories, an anthology of translated writing by early twentieth-century Franco-American women writers. She is currently working on a third installment of the memoirs entitled If These Walls Could Talk.

She has work included in several anthologies: Translations: Bates International Poetry Festival (2011); Voyages: A Maine Franco-American Reader (Tilbury House); French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets (Louisiana Literature Press); A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems (Bay River Press); and Reflections on Maine (Rainbow Press).

Côté Robbins co-edited and designed I Am Franco-American and Proud of It: Franco-American Women's Anthology. She is a contributor to Old Women's Wisdom, a multicultural anthology of women over eighty years old living in Aroostook County. Rhea served as editor for ten years of Le FORUM, a bilingual, sociocultural journal. In addition, she has authored two bibliographies: Women and Class, for WBDC and the Leadership Development Project, and The Franco-American Health-Related Bibliography. She was selected for the Steve Grady Endowment Fund for Creative Writing, First Prize, Poetry.

Her essays, poetry, book reviews, and recipes have appeared in the following publications: River Revue/Review Rivière, Reflections on Maine, Les Voix/Voices, L'Ouest Français et la Francophonie Nord-Américaine, Rafale, Stolen Island Review, Puckerbrush Review, ECHOES, Portland Magazine, WBDC Developments, Feminist Times, Le FORUM, Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum, Portland Sunday Telegram, Bangor Daily News, Brewer Register, Foxtail, and Young Poets of America. Other collaborative, fundraising submissions include Eating Between the Lines: A Maine Writer's Cookbook, Nos Histoires de l'Ile: Livre de cuisine, and RSVP Recipes: Aroostook County. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine at Farmington.