Current Projects


A beautiful and heart-wrenching collection of poetry you won't want to miss.

Brought to you by Not a Pipe Publishing,

available for purchase through your

local independent bookshop or on Amazon.

Signed copies available from King's Books!


Click here to watch a video of the

Book Launch Party!

Join Lydia for a conversation about the collection 

hosted by her daughter here!

“Valentine weaves a text that is rich in sensory, place and imagery. … She demands answers, calling them, you, and us to walk through the museums of our minds, reckon with our ghosts, embrace our angels, and be our own crooked superheroes.”


-Kellie Richardson

Poet Laureate for the city of Tacoma 2017-2019

author of The Art of Naming My Pain

Check out Brief Black Candles  in
"A Critical Conversation"
at the ANTI-AESTHETIC Art Space in Eugene, OR!

Now through March 21st, 2021

[ Visit for more info ]

Logo by Claire Osborn

AliQuippa follows three generations of Black women in Aliquippa, PA, a former booming steel town just north of Pittsburgh. Isaac, the family's prodigal son, cannot extricate himself from history, and the Lockwood legacy of tragedy repeats itself in the era of Travon Martin and Tamir Rice. While the ghosts of those young men and all the others in recent history walk through the play, the elements of daily life always serve to illustrate something bigger at work that is beyond anything the women can control as they struggle mainly to forgive the world for all the damage it has done to them.

Stay tuned for a

Zoom performance Summer 2021!

Photos from

a previous reading.

Featured on,

Cleveland Centennial,

and New Play Exchange!

 A play set in the year 2095 

 (50 years after the eradication of COVID-19)   which explores the legacy of both the   pandemic and systemic racism, 

  inequity, and injustice. 

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