Robin Chotzinoff is a freelance magazine writer and author of People With Dirty Hands—intimate portraits of eccentric gardeners–People Who Sweat—intimate portraits of unlikely athletes–and Holy Unexpected–the story of how she became an Unorthodox Jew. All three earned wonderful reviews in seriously diverse publications, from People to The New Yorker. She has won numerous local and national awards for feature writing.
Raised in New York City, she has since lived in California, Arizona, Colorado and Texas, at too many addresses to count. Her work experience before getting a real writing job included shining shoes, waiting tables, driving a magazine delivery route and a few disreputable jobs in the oil business. She wrote for the Denver alternative weekly Westword for nearly 25 years, and her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Food and Wine, National Gardening, Garden Design and many others. She particularly enjoys her assignments for Bicycling magazine.
After 26 years in the Denver area, she recently moved to Austin, Texas. She lives with her husband, the journalist Eric Dexheimer, her two daughters, Coco and Gus, and two ill-behaved mutts. Her avocations include gardening, cycling, music, simple food cooked from fresh ingredients and running the Firepit Minyan backyard synagogue.