About the Author

Lucinda Roy is an Alumni Distinguished Professor in English at Virginia Tech where she teaches creative writing in the graduate and undergraduate programs. A 2005 recipient of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award, Professor Roy’s publications include the poetry collections FabricWailing the Dead to Sleep and The Humming Birds (winner of the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize); and the novels Lady Moses (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection), and The Hotel Alleluia, both published by HarperCollins. Her memoir-critique No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech was published by Random House. An audio  edition of No Right to Remain Silent, read by the author, is available from Audible. Professor Roy was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Richmond in 2000, and she was selected by the Virginia Press Women’s Association as Newsmaker of the Year in 2009. In 2017, she was the first recipient of the Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award.

At Virginia Tech, Professor Roy has served as Chair of English, and as Associate Dean for Curriculum, Outreach, and Diversity. She has been a guest on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Today Show, Sunday Morning, Oprah, NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, Sky News, Al Jazeera, and many TV and radio shows. She has also been a featured guest on PBS and BBC documentaries. Her poetry, fiction, and commentaries have appeared in numerous publications including North American Review, American Poetry Review, the New York Times, Newsweek’s College Guide, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Guardian, Inside Higher Education, and USA Today. Professor Roy is currently at work on another poetry collection, articles and commentaries on school safety, a literary sci-fi novel, and a series of oil paintings depicting the Middle Passage. She gives keynotes and presentations around the country and abroad on school safety, effective communication, education reform, diversity, and creative writing.

Lucinda Roy was born on December 19, 1955 in Battersea, South London. Her father was Maroon Jamaican artist, sculptor, and writer, Namba Roy. Her mother was English–a former actor who went into teaching later in life. An author, professor, and artist, Lucinda is married to Larry Jackson. They live in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Lucinda Roy is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and writing. Currently, she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the Creative Writing program at Virginia Tech. She earned her B.A. from King’s College, London, and her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. She served as an associate dean for curriculum, outreach, and diversity, and was the first recipient of the Gloria D. Smith Professorship in Africana Studies. She also served as the Margaret Bundy Scott Visiting Professor in English at Williams College. Professor Roy directed Virginia Tech’s Creative Writing program for eight years, and served as Chair of English from 2002-2006.