Welcome. My name is Robin Long, and I write both poetry and fiction.
You can find excerpts from the in-process book of historical fiction, The Other Dickinson, at the aptly named The Other Dickinson menu tab.
You can find my poetry in any of the literary journals and presses listed on the My Poetry tab. (You’re also welcome to message me if you’d like to read some of my poems; sharing creative works is a thing for me….and for those of you who love Dickinson, she’s often intellectual foil in much of my work)
Professionally, I am a visiting professor in a lovely nearby English department, I write courses and other content for the development of educators, and I edit/audit/score various materials across both English and education. I suppose you could summarize the entirety of me by saying I am a writer, poet, editor, and teacher.
As for the site, well, in my ideal world: You’ll find excerpts here from The Other Dickinson, analyses of Emily Dickinson’s lesser known poems and quotes, some poetry excerpts, and random blog posts about nothing essential.
As for this site inspiration and my poetic hero,
I have been studying Emily Dickinson, her world, and her extraordinary works for approximately 8 years—and I’ll give you forewarning: She’s *still* inexhaustible.
This was after having soundly dismissed Dickinson when introduced about a million years ago in a post-lunch high school Lit course.
Ever since, my studies of Emily have been my own personal creative exercises after work. The sheer depth of her craft—like how she manages pinpoint accuracy in word selection, yet still gives volumes of interpretation for any single poem—still simply amazes.
I’ll say it: She is unmatched.—Bring on the pitchforks
Equally as intriguing is the story of her life—mostly because we know so little of it. Conjecture in all realms abounds to this day, and arguments about her first person narration as /of course it’s biographical/sort of biographical/totally not biographical/how dare you/ pound the walls in endless classrooms.
When I returned for grad school, I pushed my Dickinson research into project after project, and ultimately, into a final thesis of historical fiction chronicling her journey. My current creative world is in fleshing out the thesis to full-fledged book form.
If you’re interested in giving The Other Dickinson draft a read, or in giving me your opinion on a particular chapter I’m currently writing, I’d love to hear from you. (Honestly, drop me a message; if you got this far, I like you already. Thanks for reading.)