Betsy Robinson was born in New York City and grew up in the Hudson Valley area. As a teenager, her first love was the arts. "After graduating from high school in 1969, I wanted to experience all the arts," Robinson says, "so I was thrilled to receive a partial scholarship to Bennington College."
During her freshman year, Robinson learned about the National Theater Institute, a training program for college students at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. "I enrolled there for a semester. When I returned to Bennington, I only wanted to be a professional actor."
Bennington allowed Robinson to graduate in absentia, giving her credit for her creative writing and off-off Broadway performances. For the next ten years, she was a "not-very-successful" actor, working at myriad part-time jobs to support her passion. She appears briefly in John Sayles' Return of the Secaucus 7 and Lianna.
In 1986 Robinson wrote and performed Darleen Dances, a one-woman, one-act play at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. A monologue from the piece appears in Moving Parts (Viking, 1992), and the entire play was later published in This Month on Stage. "This little workshop performance was one of my most satisfying projects, and, as it turned out, my swan song to theater. But I couldn't let go of the title character, so she became Leslie Kove of Plan Z."
It never occurred to Robinson that it would take sixteen years to find a publisher for Plan Z by Leslie Kove. But there seems to have been a greater wisdom directing publication by Mid-List three months before September 11, 2001. The book chronicles protagonist Leslie Kove's bumbling, at times hilarious, journey from the Vietnam War through the Reagan era, until she finally realizes that she has been negotiating life through the haze of post traumatic stress disorder. An excerpt from Plan Z was published in Viet Nam War Generation Journal.
Robinson recently became Associate Editor of Spirituality & Health Magazine. She also works as a promotional consultant for the Ringing Rocks Foundation on their "Profiles of Healing" book/audio CD series, spreading the wisdom of the world's traditional shamans and medicine people. Robinson has come to believe that real healing evolves through sharing our selves and our stories with each other, and by listening to those who might have perspectives and wisdom we can not immediately understand.