Poet & Painter
P O E T R Y
Valencia Robin is the winner of Persea Books’ 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. A graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA) Creative Writing Program, her first collection of poems, Ridiculous Light, will be released in April 2019. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Foundry, The St. Petersburg Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Kweli, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the 2014 winner of the Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry Competition.
Her creative work has been supported by a number of grants and fellowships including the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship, the Center for the Education of Women Margaret Towsley Fellowship, Bennington College, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Cave Canem and the University of Virginia’s Poe/Faulkner Fellowship.
Valencia Robin is also a painter, curator, arts professional, editor and one of the founders of GalleryDAAS in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She has an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally.