Plenary Session Speaker
Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in creative writing at Virginia Tech. A novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer, she has authored six books, including her new poetry collection Fabric, the novel Lady Moses, and a memoir-critique entitled No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech. Among her many awards for teaching, writing, and administration are the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s statewide Outstanding Faculty Award, a Discover Great New Writers award from Barnes and Noble, and the Virginia Press Women’s Newsmaker of the Year Award in recognition of No Right to Remain Silent, her memoir-critique about the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy.
Professor Roy—who has taught in the U.K., the U.S., and West Africa—chaired the English department at Virginia Tech from 2002-2006. She also served as an associate dean for curriculum, outreach, and diversity in the College of Arts & Sciences. She has a B.A. and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from King’s College, London, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Arkansas. In 2000, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Richmond.
In her fiction and poetry, Professor Roy draws upon her experience living and working on three different continents and explores the challenges and rewards of communicating across different cultures. In 2010, she was invited by the humanitarian organization CARE to be part of a small delegation of women leaders sent to Sierra Leone to study infant and maternal health in West Africa. The delegation reported their findings to then-First Lady Sarah Brown at 10 Downing Street.
Professor Roy has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs. These include The CBS Evening News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS’s Sunday Morning, Oprah, and NPR. She has also been featured in a number of BBC and PBS documentaries on campus safety. Her poetry, fiction, articles, and commentaries have appeared in many publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, the Guardian, USA Today, North American Review, and American Poetry Review. She frequently gives readings, delivers keynotes, and conducts workshops on creative writing, campus safety, teaching, and diversity. She is currently at work on a novel series for young adults and a series of oil paintings depicting the Middle Passage.
In Lucinda Roy‘s fine new collection, Fabric, she bravely invokes a variety of horrors-war, slavery, and racism, among other orders of violence–and responds to them in formally adept and deeply personal poems. Her meditations on the broad and disturbing frailties of our civilization are profoundly thoughtful and wonderfully fresh. She engages terrible realities with honest […]