Alicia Valasse-Polius is a Saint Lucian poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, editor and educator. A former youth parliamentarian, violinist and national delegate to the Commonwealth Youth Forum 7, she has served her island in the areas of youth work, literary arts and conservation locally, regionally and internationally. Valasse-Polius, who has served on the board of youth and conservation organizations, was a nominee for the Esteemed Youth in Social Development Award at the 2011 National Youth Awards. Apart from participating in youth advocacy initiatives, she has written for local publications “Listen to our Hearts” and “Lucian Consumer Guide” and continues to write for local newspapers. Regionally, she served as a reviewer for conservation gaint Widecast and worked as a writer for O.E.C.S. business magazine “The Analyst”. Her poetry has also been published locally, regionally and internationally 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 and a Master of Arts Degree in English Language from the University of the West Indies .