Robin Becker was born March 7, 1951, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to realtors Benjamin Becker and Ann Weiner Becker. She entered Boston University in 1969, earning her B.A. in 1973 and her M.A. in 1976. Her teaching career has been long and varied: She taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, first as a lecturer in creative writing and humanistic studies (1977-1983) and then as an assistant professor of exposition and rhetoric (1983-1987); she was a writer-in-residence for the Wyoming Council on the Arts, in Sheridan, and the Writers’ Place, in Madison, Wisconsin (both in 1991). She was a visiting professor of writing at Kent State University (1992) and Pennsylvania State University (1993-1994); an American Poetry Review scholar-in-residence at Central High School, in Philadelphia (1994); and professor of English and women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University (beginning in 1994). Besides her teaching, Becker has been active in other areas: She was co-coordinator of a reading series at New Words Bookstore (1981-1983), served as poetry editor for Women’s Review of Books and as a member of the board of directors of Associated Writing Programs (1992-1995), and was a CLAGS visiting scholar during the 1998-1999 academic year.