Jermain K. Polius
Alicia Valasse-Polius is a Saint Lucian poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, editor and educator. A former youth parliamentarian and national delegate to the Commonwealth Youth Forum 7, she has served her island in the areas of youth work, literary arts 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 which include Susumba's Book Bag and POUi. She was awarded the prize for “Creative Journalism” at the 2013 Saint Lucia National Arts Festival, the awards for “Most Outstanding Youth in Literary Arts” at the 2012 and 2014 National Youth Awards (Saint Lucia) and shortlisted for the 2015 Small Axe Poetry Prize. She is the 2016 winner of the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Best Short Fiction. 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 a doctoral student at the same institution.