Robin Clifford Wood

Robin Clifford Wood

Robin Clifford Wood is a columnist, feature writer, biographer, memoirist, and occasional poet. Her feature stories have appeared in the Middlesex News, the Valley News, Genesee Valley Parent Newsmagazine, Port City Life Magazine, and Bangor Metro. Her 2009 story in Port City Life, "Summer in Rachel’s House," won an honorable mention in the “feature article” category of the annual Writer’s Digest competition for that year. Wood spent two and a half years writing a bi-weekly column for the Northborough-Southborough Villager in central Massachusetts, then spent another five as a columnist for the Bangor Daily News. In 2015, after 173 columns for the Bangor Daily, she resigned from her regular columnist position to concentrate on larger book projects and freelance work. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a job as an adjunct professor of writing at Husson University, where she still teaches today.

Since 2008, Wood has been working on writing the life story of Rachel Field, an award-winning Maine author from the 1920s and 30s. In her role as Field’s biographer, Wood has been a guest speaker at the Deep Carnivale conference in Tampa, Florida, Maine’s Cranberry Isles Historical Society, the Hitty Conference in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Dirigo Pines retirement home in Orono, Maine, and Maine’s Southwest Harbor Public Library. She has also given talks on her year-long blog project which recounts a sunrise marathon of 365 days (“a year of getting up to meet the day”), and on her experiences as an interviewer and profiler of Maine people.

Wood is a graduate of Yale University, where she completed a BA in American Studies. She also has an MA in English from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Her graduate thesis for Stonecoast evolved into a full-length memoir about a profound mother-daughter relationship, examined through the exquisite lens of illness, death and grief. It includes extensive research and exploration into the state of death and dying in 21st century America.

Wood lives in central Maine with her husband and three dogs. She enjoys being outdoors, playing the piano, crossword puzzles, a really good cheeseburger, and regular visits from her four children and their growing families.