We raise beef cattle on Dry Creek, a tributary of the Kaweah River in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills of California, about 30 miles east of Visalia. The fifth generation to harvest grass in Tulare County, John was invited to perform at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1989, at a time when the genre was primarily an oral tradition. He began publishing the Dry Crik Review in 1990 as a format for contemporary poetry from rural and livestock cultures. His work can be found in small press lit mags, anthologies, or chapbooks published under the Dry Crik Press imprint. His Poems from Dry Creek, published by Starhaven, received the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for the “2008 Outstanding Poetry Book”. His Proclaiming Space published by Dry Crik Press in 2012 has also received a Wrangler Award.
Robbin has been photographing various aspects of the Dry Creek landscape, livestock and ranch work since the inception of Dry Crik Journal in 2005, initially sponsored by the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada.