Robin Clarke divides her time between teaching, reading, writing and activism. She is the author of Lines the Quarry (Omnidawn, 2013), winner of the Omnidawn 2012 1st/2nd book prize for poetry, judged by Brenda Hillman. With Sten Carlson, she co-authored the chapbook Lives of the Czars (nonpolygon, 2011), which imagines what might happen if intelligent machines decided to write poetry. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Conduit, Counterpunch,Critical Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Fence, In Posse Review, A Joint Called Pauline, LABOR, Lafovea, Sentence, Verse, The Volta, Whiskey and Fox, and word for/word.
Robin is a member of the Thomas Merton Center, where she serves as a poetry editor for The New People. She is also a fellow worker in the Pittsburgh Industrial Workers of the World and a member of Save Our Community Hospitals. She strongly supports the Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare and Pittsburghers for Public Transit.
She completed her undergraduate degree in English at Penn State Erie-The Behrend College, and received an M.A. in Literature and M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Pittsburgh.