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Lucinda Roy

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor
Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor

Department of English
415 Shanks Hall 
180 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6146 |

Novelist, poet, and memoirist Lucinda Roy is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. Her latest novel is The Freedom Race (Tor/Macmillan), Volume I of The Dreambird Chronicles, a speculative slave narrative trilogy. Among her previous books are Fabric: Poems, the memoir No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech, the novel Lady Moses (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection), and the poetry collection The Humming Birds, winner of the Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize. She gives keynotes and presentations on creative writing, race and racism, diversity, higher education and campus safety. Several audiobooks of her novels and nonfiction have been produced. Her work has appeared in numerous newspapers and journals, including USA Today, the Guardian, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times; and she has appeared on many television shows, and radio shows, and podcasts, including the CBS Evening News, Sunday Morning, Today, BBC News documentaries, Sky News, and NPR broadcasts.

You can follow Professor Roy on Twitter @LRoyAuthor and Facebook at LucindaRoyProfessor.

  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • Race & Diversity
  • Speculative Fiction
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Arkansas
  • B.A. (hons.) in English, King’s College, London
  • Chair of English, Virginia Tech, 2002-2006
  • Founding Director and Co-Director, Creative Writing, 2001-2008
  • Alumni Distinguished Professor, 1997-present
  • Gloria D. Smith Professor, Africana Studies, 1995-1997.
  • Associate Dean for Curriculum, Outreach, and Diversity, College of Arts & Sciences, Virginia Tech, 1994-1996
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Richmond
  • SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize


  • The Freedom Race, a novel
  • Fabric: Poems
  • Lady Moses, a novel
  • The Hotel Alleluia, a novel
  • No Right to Remain Silent: What We've Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech, a memoir-critique
  • The Humming Birds, a collection of poems
  • Wailing the Dead to Sleep, a collection of poems

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