Robbie Coburn is a poet based in Melbourne, Australia.

“This poetry comes from tough experiences, yet Coburn creates an inner life that draws in the reader... with a muscular craft that glows with alert intelligence.”

— Robert Adamson


Robbie Coburn was born in June 1994 in Melbourne and grew up on his family’s farm in the semi-rural locality of Woodstock, Victoria. He was educated at Whittlesea Primary School and Assumption College, Kilmore. He began writing poetry at the age of 14.

While still in high school, Coburn’s first published poem appeared in legendary, anarchist poet П. O.’s literary magazine Unusual Work. His work has since appeared in many national and overseas publications such as Poetry, Meanjin, Island, Westerly, Overland and Cordite. His poems have also been represented in notable anthologies including Writing to the Wire (UWA, 2016) and To End All Wars (Puncher & Wattman, 2018).

Coburn’s first poetry collection, Rain Season, was published by Picaro Press in 2013. A second collection, The Other Flesh, is forthcoming.

Coburn’s poetry is known for its highly personal, sometimes confronting nature, as well as his use of evocative, visceral imagery, always executed using a carefully refined poetic craft. From the beginning of his professional career, his work has consistently addressed topics such as childhood, relationships, isolation, trauma, mental illness and addiction.

Robert Adamson, one of Australia’s leading poets and editors, has noted that Coburn’s poems “come from tough experiences, yet are created with a muscular craft that glows with alert intelligence” and that they “create an inner life that draws in the reader” which “shimmers with light as much as it burns with ferocity.”

Coburn has performed his work all over Australia, including delivering readings at The Wheeler’s Centre and La Mama Poetica, and has been featured at literary festivals such as the Sydney Writers Festival and Perth Poetry Festival.

He has also facilitated poetry workshops at various literary events, and for National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace.

Since 2015 Coburn has served as poetry editor for literary journal Verity La, and was an editor of the journal’s first retrospective anthology The Hunger.

He is currently working on a new collection of poems, titled Nurse.

He lives and works in Melbourne.


  • Journals
  • The Age, Blithe Spirit, Bluepepper, The Canberra Times, Cordite Poetry Review, ETZ, Expound Magazine, foam:e, Going Down Swinging, Island, Mascara Literary Review, Meanjin, Modern Haiku, Otoliths, Overland Literary Journal, Poetry, Polaris, Presence, Regime Magazine of New Writing, StylusLit, Under the Basho, Unusual Work, Verity La, Westerly, Windfall, The Wonderbook of Poetry, Writ Poetry Review
  • As Editor
  • The Hunger: Verity La Anthology 1 (with Nigel Featherstone and Michele Seminara, 2018)
  • Criticism
  • Rochford Street Review, Plumwood Mountain
  • Interviews
  • Minter, P. 2014, Emerging Poet Series: Robbie Coburn (Overland, October 2014)
  • Dolce, J. 2017, Dirty Laundry: The Art of Confessional Writing (Meanjin, December 2017)
  • Recordings
  • Going Down Swinging #34 (2013)
  • Audacious Issue 4 (Melbourne Spoken Word, 2017)
  • Festivals & Readings
  • The Next Big Thing series at The Wheeler’s Centre (2014)
  • La Mama Poetica (2014)
  • Sydney Writers Festival (2016)
  • Perth Poetry Festival (2016)
  • Roles & Positions
  • Verity La, Poetry Editor (2015 – Present)


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  • Rain Season
  • Release Date
  • Publisher
    Picaro Press
  • Artwork by
    Sandy Caldow
  • Format
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    Purchase Rain Season
  • Reviews
    Rochford Street Review
  • “Stay tuned! Nothing prepares you for the shock of a new voice in poetry, and nothing quenches that thirst better than a good dose of poetry. A poetry of place and sensibility can light up a whole landscape, and the poetry of Robbie Coburn does just that. In these poems we see him now in the very act of etching out the details, so hold on, and read on through.”




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