About Lucinda Roy


Without these peaks, horizons are bound to soil;

with them, the giddy splendor of escalation, 

the faith-engendering topography of always.

–From “Orogeny,” a poem, Fabric

Lucinda Roy is a poet, novelist and creative nonfiction writer. 

Alumni Distinguished Professor in English at Virginia Tech, 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 Wailing 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 lmemoir-critique entitled No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech, was published by Three Rivers/Random House.Her latest book is Fabric: Poems. Professor Roy was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Richmond in 2000 and was selected by the Virginia Press Women’s Association as Newsmaker of the Year in 2009.  At Virginia Tech, she 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 a 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.