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Alicia Valasse-Polius  is a Saint Lucian poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, editor, ESL/EFL Tutor and educational technologist. A former youth parliamentarian and national delegate to the Commonwealth Youth Forum 7, her interests remain in the areas of literary arts, linguistics, education and conservation. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Literature Today, Harlequin Magazine, Moko Magazine and The Caribbean Writer. Alicia's short fiction has also appeared in journals and collections which include Susumba's Book Bag and POUi, and she has worked as a non-fiction writer locally and in the Caribbean. Her work has been featured at live events in the Caribbean, U.S.A. and England.  She has received numerous accolades in the area of literary arts and community involvement as well as an award for “Creative Journalism” in 2013.  Valasse-Polius was shortlisted for the 2015 Small Axe Poetry Prize and won the 2016 Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Best Short Fiction.

Alicia has also served as a United Nations (Remote) Volunteer and judge for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition and the annual International Schools' Essay Competition organized by the Trust for Sustainable Living. She is an avid reader with interest in linguistics and educational technology.  In 2019, her linguistic research was selected for presentation at the Anguilla Country Conference. Valasse-Polius holds a Bachelor of Education Degree in Literatures in English (Hon.) and a Master of Arts Degree (Distinction) in English Language from the University of the West Indies. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the same institution.

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