Robin Williams is a humor writer and speaker.
She earned an M.A. from the prestigious creative writing program at Hollins University and spent five years as a feature writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she won frequent statewide recognition for her writing, including as finalist for UPI’s Journalist of the Year.
The manuscript for The Key to the Quarter Pole received the sixth biennial Best Unpublished Novel award sponsored by Richmond Magazine and James River Writers. Chapters from that book and from the forthcoming The Last Romantic War have received various literary awards.
The Last Romantic War, a bio-memoir of her family in World War II, will be published in 2019. Robin has published two collections of humorous newspaper columns, Chivalry, Thy Name Is Bubba, drawn from the Times-Dispatch, The Goochland Free Press and other sources, and Bush Hogs and Other Swine, which includes a foreword by Earl Hamner, creator of “The Waltons”.
Mystery writer Rita Mae Brown calls Robin “the country Seinfeld.”
Robin served six years as chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission during the early years of racing in Virginia. She also served on the boards of both trade associations for racing regulators, the North American Pari-mutuel Racing Association and the Association of Racing Commissioners International, where she was the driving force behind the development of the National Racing License.
Following two terms on the VRC, Robin became instrumental in founding a chapter of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and later served as president of the national organization. The James River chapter of the TRF operates a rehabilitation program for prison inmates using rescued ex-racehorses.
Robin lives on a farmette in Virginia with her husband and the usual cats, dogs and horses. She is a recovering craftaholic.