Profile

Vievee Francis was born in West Texas. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan in 2009, and she received a Rona Jaffe Award the same year.

She is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016), and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including PoetryBest American Poetry 201020142017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry.

She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Kirstin Valdez Quade

Visiting Writer, Winter 2020

Diana Goetsch

Visiting Writer, Winter 2020

Patricia Smith

Faculty, Postgraduate Writers' Conference; Visiting Poet, Winter 2023

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Visiting Poet, Winter 2021

Emily Raboteau

Visiting Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Writer, Summer 2017

Yuri Herrera

Visiting VCFA Reads Author, Winter 2018