Robin Coste Lewis
Robin Coste Lewis
ROBIN COSTE LEWIS won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus, her first collection of poetry. The book was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and it was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker and The New York Times. Literary Hub named it one of the best books of the last twenty years. She is also the coauthor, with Kevin Young, of Robert Rauschenberg: Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno. The former poet laureate of Los Angeles, Lewis holds a PhD in Poetry and Visual Studies from the University of Southern California, an MFA in poetry from New York University, an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University, and a BA from Hampshire College in post-colonial literature and creative writing. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Transition, and The Massachusetts Review. Lewis has taught at Hampshire College, Hunter College, Wheaton College, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. She is currently writer in residence at the University of Southern California.

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To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness Cover
Author: Robin Coste Lewis |
Release Date: December 06, 2022
From the National Book Award–winning poet who changed the way we see art, the museum, and the Black female figure comes another revelatory visual expedition: a genre-bending exploration of poetry, photography, and human migration.Twenty-five ye...
ISBN: 9780593501658
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To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness Cover
Author: Robin Coste Lewis | Narrator: Robin Coste Lewis
Release Date: August 31, 2021
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDA stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice.   Robin Coste Lewis’s electrifying collection is a triptych that begin...