Robert Lee Coburn|
25 June 1994 (age 24)
Coburn was born in Melbourne and grew up on his family's farm just north of Melbourne's outer suburbs in the semi-rural locality of Woodstock, Victoria, which is a large focus of his poetry. He was educated at Whittlesea Primary School and Assumption College, Kilmore and briefly studied at La Trobe University before dropping out of his degree.
Coburn's first published poem 'Two Lies in Sequence' appeared in anarchist poet Pi O's literary journal Unusual Work when he was 17 years old and he has since been published in many journals and magazines, including Poetry and some of his poems have been anthologised.
In answer to the question of why he writes poetry, Coburn has said "It simply isn’t a conscious decision I make to write poetry, but an impulsion that cannot be ignored. Poetry photographs parts of life and humanity that can’t be captured visually, at least in a literal sense. It dissects the hopelessness of being alive and makes it seem to develop meaning momentarily, even if it never actually does. If our most private and affecting inner thoughts and memories, the ones we keep silently at the backs of our minds, were given a voice, it would be poetry. That is what poetry is to me." 
Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013)