Robyn Schiff was born in Metuchen, New Jersey. She started writing poetry as soon as she learned how to read. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts school in Yonkers, New York, Schiff went on to earn an MA in medieval studies from the University of Bristol, and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She met her husband and fellow poet, Nick Twemlow, during her time at the Workshop. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Iowa, and lives in Iowa City with Twemlow and their three-year-old son. Schiff has published two books of poetry, Worth (2002) and Revolver (2008). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, includingPoetry magazine (2010), The New Yorker (2013), Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (2007), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006). She is a co-editor of Canarium Books.