Alicia Valasse-Polius is an award-winning Saint Lucian writer, linguist and educational technologist. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies including 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 in St. Lucia and the wider 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, youth work and community involvement. Valasse-Polius was shortlisted for the 2015 Small Axe Poetry Prize and longlisted for the 2022 Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival (Elizabeth Nunez Award). She is also the winner of the Canute A. Brodhurst and the Cecile de Jongh Literary Prizes.
Alicia has served as a remote United Nations Volunteer and judge for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, among other essay competitions. She is an avid reader with interest in linguistics, research and educational technology. 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 (Educational Technology). She is married and lives in St. Lucia.