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Lydia K. Valentine

director & dramaturg
editor & educator
poet & playwright
activist ALWAYS!

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About Lydia & Lyderary Ink

Lydia K. Valentine is unapologetically Black.

She is a passionate activist for equity and social justice, a proud mom of two amazing people, and an autistic, queer, card-carrying Blerd. She grew up in Aliquippa, Pa, a small, steel mill town north of Pittsburgh, and though she now calls the Pacific Northwest her home, she is a Quip for life.


Through her own writing and the projects to which she contributes as a dramaturg, director, or editor under Lyderary Ink, Lydia always seeks to amplify the voices of those who are often stifled, ignored, and marginalized in what has been the accepted narrative of the United States.


Lyderary Ink maintains ongoing partnerships with empathos company, The Mahogany Project, Pork Filled Productions, Speak the Magazine, Toy Boat Theatre, and the We Out Here Festival.


At the end of the 2020 school year, Lydia shifted from teaching full time at the Seattle Girls' School to focusing on creative pursuits and consulting. She is working on putting together a virtual reading of her play, Aliquippa, and developing playwrighting and poetry workshops. 


Lydia is available as a dramaturg, editor, director, and educational consultant (especially as related to learning differences and autism).

Please see the Contact page for ways to get in touch.


Check out Past and Current Projects for more info!

“The old world is dying and the new world struggles to be born. Now is the time of monsters.”

—Antonio Gramsci