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Valencia Robin

Valencia Robin is a poet and visual artist. Her first collection of poems, Ridiculous Light (Persea, 2019), won Persea Books’s Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of 2019. A codirector of the UVA Young Writers Workshop, she holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia and an MFA in art & design from the University of Michigan. 


First Walk of the New Year

Summer 2020 | Poetry

Little wiener dog doing his best show horse, 
jumping one, two, three stumps in a row;
his boy is too busy scrolling to notice, but I smile 
all the way up the hill. Bitter cold


Summer 2020 | Poetry

There’s a brother who sits over on North University. 
Looks like James Baldwin in a do-rag. Sings.
Is he homeless? People give him money