Robin Reid Drake is a writer, artist and educator from Greensboro, North Carolina. Drake is a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools engaging young people around subjects of queer and trans history, power and poetry. They are currently rough housing with a horror project, set in the Applalachian, Piedmont and Outer Banks ecologies that raised them.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL
Master of Fine Arts in Writing; 2018       

University of North Carolina at Asheville; Asheville, NC
Bachelors of Arts in Literature, Creative Writing & Africana Studies; 2014

Residencies & Recognitions

Ragdale Foundation; Lake Forest, IL
Writer in Residence; 2019

Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30; Chicago, IL
Awardee; 2019

Lacawac Sanctuary; Lake Ariel, PA
Writer in Residence, LGBTQ Artists Residency; 2018

New Artists Society Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL
Recipient; 2016     

Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize, UNC Asheville; Asheville, NC
Awardee; 2014

Comfort Scholarship for Excellence in Writing, UNC Asheville; Asheville, NC
Recipient; 2013

John Carlton Myatt Writing Scholarship; Greensboro, NC
Recipient; 2010


Changing Worlds; Chicago, IL
Teaching Artist, Programs Assistant, Development Associate;  2018 – Present

Lincoln Center Teaching Artists Development Labs; New York, NY
Attending Teaching Artist; 2019

MFA Writing Program, SAIC; Chicago, IL
Graduate Lecture Series Coordinator;  2017 – 2018

SAIC Graduate Advisory Panel; Chicago, IL
MFA Writing Program Representative; 2017 – 2018

Illinois Humanities Council; Chicago, IL
Guest Judge – Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards; 2017

Association of Writers and Writing Programs; Washington, DC
SAIC Representative & Off Site Event Organizer; 2017

Department of Continuing Education’s Early College Program, SAIC; Chicago, IL
Teachers Assistant, Substitute Instructor; 2017

HIPS; Washington, DC
Needle Exchange, Outreach & Hotline Volunteer; 2015 – 2016

Full Circle Montessori School; Arlington, VA
Classroom Assistant, Administrative Assistant; 2014 – 2016

Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer (QORDS); Greensboro, NC
Writing Instructor, Grant Writer; 2015

Juniper Bends Reading Series; Asheville, NC
Curator; November 2013 – August 2014

METABOLISM Magazine; Asheville, NC
Poetry Editor, Reader; 2013 – 2014

Asheville Art Museum; Asheville, NC
Gallery Attendant, Preparator Assistant 2012 – 2014

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