Robin Coste Lewis

Cover of US paperback edition of ''[[Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems Robin Coste Lewis is an American poet, artist, and scholar. She is known primarily for her debut poetry collection, ''Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems'', which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2015––the first time a poetry debut by an African-American had ever won the prize in the National Book Foundation's history, and the first time any debut had won the award since 1974. Critics called the collection "A masterpiece", "Surpassing imagination, maturity, and aesthetic dazzle", "remarkable hopefulness ... in the face of what would make most rage and/or collapse", "formally polished, emotionally raw, and wholly exquisite". ''Voyage of the Sable Venus'' was also a finalist for the ''LA Times'' Book Prize, the Hurston-Wright Award, and the California Book Award. ''The Paris Review'', ''The New Yorker'', ''The New York Times'', ''Buzz Feed'', and ''Entropy Magazine'' all named ''Voyage'' one of the best poetry collections of the year. ''Flavorwire'' named the collection one of the 10 must-read books about art. And ''Literary Hub'' named ''Voyage'' one of the "Most Important Books of the Last Twenty Years". In 2018, MoMA commissioned both Lewis and Kevin Young to write a series of poems to accompany Robert Rauschenberg's drawings in the book ''Thirty-Four Illustrations of Dante's Inferno'' (MoMA, 2018). Lewis is also the author of ''Inhabitants and Visitors'', a chapbook published by Clockshop and the Huntington Library and Museum. Her next book, ''To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness'', was published by Knopf in 2022.

Lewis's writing has appeared in various journals and anthologies, such as ''Time'' magazine, ''The New Yorker'', ''The New York Times'', ''The Paris Review'', ''Transition'', and ''Best American Poetry''. Lewis was also the poet laureate for the City of Los Angeles from 2017 to 2020. She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Ford Foundation "Art of Change" Fellowship, and a Cave Canem fellowship amongst others. In 2018, Lewis was named one of Los Angeles County's "Women of the Year". Other fellowships and awards include those from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities, the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya. Lewis was also a finalist for the International War Poetry Prize and the National Rita Dove Prize.

In addition to writing, Lewis is also a text and image artist. Her work has appeared at the Huntington Museum, the Underground Museum, Hauser & Wirth, and Gallerie Marian Goodman (Paris), amongst others. Lewis also regularly collaborates or receives commissions from other artists, including Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, and Julie Mehretu. Provided by Wikipedia
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