Robin Reid Drake (she/they) is a Chicago based writer, artist and educator originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. White, trans, nonbinary & queer, Drake combines somatic abolitionism, creative practice and popular education to reckon with lineages of supremacy in herself and her communities.

photo by Diana Solís, 2022

Artist Statement

I am committed to writing as a lifelong practice of collective accumulation & repair.

My interdisciplinary practice is rooted in poetry and wrestles through the mud with themes of whiteness, trans embodiment, horror, ecology and control. Influenced by the practices of artists and writers such as Genesis P-Orridge & M. NourbeSe Philip, I utilize intuitive research & collage which demand I give myself to the world exactly as I sit in it, find light in my immediate surroundings and ask the pen to be a listening organ. 

Residencies & Recognitions

Southern Constellations Fellowship, Elsewhere Museum; Greensboro, NC
Fellow; 2022

ArtWorks Fund & Changing World’s Teaching Artists Survive & Thrive Grant; Chicago, IL
Recipient; 2021

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

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

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

New Artists Society Scholarship, SAIC; 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


Robin Reid Drake works in schools & community settings as a Teaching Artist with Young Chicago Authors, 826CHI, Changing Worlds & Hugo House.

They are also a Part Time Lecturer in Art Education and Continuing Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an Education Coordinator with Young Chicago Authors.


Contact Robin Reid Drake to request complete CV.

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