Lucinda Roy

Novelist, poet, memoirist


Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She gives keynotes and presentations around the country and abroad on school safety, creative writing, diversity, and education reform.

Lucinda Roy is  Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing 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 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. Her memoir-critique entitled No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech, was published by Three Rivers/Random House. 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. At Virginia Tech, she has served as Chair of English, Director/Co-Director of Creative Writing, and 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, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, 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 and gun violence, a young adult novel series, and a series of oil paintings depicting the Middle Passage.

Photo of Lucinda Roy by Richard Mallory Allnutt

Lucinda Roy earned her B.A. from King’s College, London, and her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. Professor Roy has won a number of teaching and administration awards, including the college-wide Excellence in Administration Award, the university-wide Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence. She directed Virginia Tech’s Creative Writing program for eight years, and served as Chair of English from 2002-2006.


No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech

Lady Moses, a novel

The Hotel Alleluia, a novel

The Humming Birds, a collection of poems

Wailing the Dead to Sleep, a collection of poems

Photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt