Robbie Sugg was born in Berkeley, California in 1987. After spending his childhood in a commune in the East Bay hills, he was later raised in Concord (California), and came of age in San Francisco. His interest in Japanese language and culture led him to Kyoto, Japan where he lived for the Autumn of 2006.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking with a minor in Japanese, from San José State University. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in New York City, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Texas, and the United Kingdom.

His poetry has appeared in journals including Elohi Gadugi, Lummox, Earthen Lamp (India), Caesura, The Café Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, The Newport Review, Flying Fish, and others. His first book, Koccha and Other Poems, was published in the Spring of 2014 by DaysEye Press. He has participated in numerous readings throughout the Bay Area, New England, New Mexico, and Hawai'i.

He plays the guzheng, a 22-stringed ancient Chinese zither.

After 30 years in the Bay Area, he currently resides in Albuquerque, where he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art Practice concentrating on printmaking and painting at the University of New Mexico.