Robin Shawver began her life as a poet sitting in an elementary classroom learning that visual art and written language could be used together to create meaning. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from Mills College. Her poems have appeared in RPD Society, effing, Venus Envy, Open Letters Monthly, and Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art. Her chapbook, verbs without a past was a finalist for the Omnidawn Chapbook Poetry Prize. For over a decade Robin taught the art of essay writing at University of New Mexico-Taos. Subsequently, she moved with her two young children and husband to China where she worked as a full-school librarian and literature teacher at two International Baccalaureate schools. Currently, she is back in Taos, New Mexico. Robin considers herself a creative who paints, writes, and dabbles. She owns way too many books and bowls, according to her husband, but what’s life without something to read and a place to put your snacks?