A Short History of a Peripatetic Life

Robin Traywick Williams is a humor writer and speaker. 


She writes humorous essays about the ridiculous aspects of everyday life. Mystery author Rita Mae Brown calls Robin “the country Seinfeld.” Two collections of Robin’s columns have been published by Dementi Milestone Publishing: the all-new Bush Hogs and Other Swine with a foreword by Earl Hamner of “The Waltons” fame, and a revised edition of Robin’s first book, Chivalry, Thy Name Is Bubba.


The manuscript for Robin's racetrack novel, The Key to the Quarter Pole, received the sixth biennial Best Unpublished Novel award sponsored by Richmond Magazine and James River Writers.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 her forthcoming World War II bio-memoir, The Last Romantic War, have received various literary awards.


A cum laude graduate of Hollins University, she also holds a master's degree from the prestigious creative writing program at Hollins.


She was an award-winning feature reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in the early 1980s. In 1982, Robin was a finalist for the UPI Journalist of the Year award.


After that, Robin did a lot of stuff in politics. She also did a lot of stuff in horseracing. But mostly she spent time with her family.


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, 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.