Valencia Robin

Valencia Robin is the winner of Persea Book’s 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry; her collection, Ridiculous Light, will be published in 2019. A visual artist as well as poet, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 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. She holds an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia where she currently teaches as a third-year post-MFA fellow.