Poet & Painter
P O E T R Y
Valencia Robin’s debut collection, Ridiculous Light, is the winner of Persea Books’ 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. A graduate of the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Robin’s poems have appeared in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, Foundry, The St. Petersburg Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Kweli, The Cortland Review, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry 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 Canen, the Furious Flower Poetry Center and the University of Virginia’s Poe/Faulkner Fellowship.
Valencia Robin is also a painter, curator, editor, arts administrator and one of the founders of GalleryDAAS at the University of Michigan. She has an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan.