Lydia K. Valentine is a writer, educator, activist, mom, and card-carrying Blerd who lives in Tacoma, WA. Though the Pacific Northwest is home, she grew up in Aliquippa, PA and will be a Quip for life. In fact, Lydia has recently completed her first play, Aliquippa, a family drama set in her home town. She credits her friends, family, and teachers for pushing her to submit work for publication instead of caching it away like Emily Dickinson. Her endeavors to stand in her truth as a writer have led to her being named Alternate for the role of 2017-2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate, earning the Our Little Roses Fellowship to teach poetry for a month in Honduras, and having her work published by The Pitkin Review literary magazine, Angels Flight · literary west, HowlRound, and ComiConverse, among other locations. Lydia is the resident dramaturg for dramaturg for Toy Boat Theatre for which she has also served as Assistant Director for several productions with founder and Artistic Director, Marilyn Bennett. She has also completed dramaturgy for empathos company, another champion for diverse and oft underrepresented voices.
Lydia has a happy home full of people, pets, books, games, and laughter. She enjoys geeking out on fantasy, fairy tales, writing and artwork of other blerds, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Luke Cage, Buffy, & Serenity. Lydia has fought many battles on Grammar Hill to defend the Oxford comma. She believes in the power of good & the necessity of books! She loves Nnedi Okorafor, Nisi Shawl, N.K. Jemison, August Wilson, Octavia Butler, Lynn Nottage, Neal Schusterman, Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Dominique Morisseau, Robin McKinley, & Ilona Andrews. As a recovering Marvel & DC addict, Lydia is currently on a break from comics, though Saga and Rat Queens are still her jam (and she remains VERY upset that The Empty by Jimmie Robinson was cancelled).