Robin Coste Lewis
Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in the Creative Writing and Literature PhD Program at USC. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree from Harvard's Divinity School, in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature. She was a finalist for both the International War Poetry Prize and the National Rita Dove Prize, and a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. Additionally, her manuscript The Voyage of the Sable Venus was a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Calalloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition, VIDA, Phantom Limb, The Best of Kore Press, Encyclopedia Project F-K, and Happy Hypocrite. She has been on the faculty at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Residencies and fellowships include the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Can Serrat International Art Centre in Barcelona, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya. Born in Compton, California, her family hails from New Orleans.