Lucía Martínez Valdivia
Assistant Professor of English and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
Lucía Martínez Valdivia (Reed 2014-, PhD University of Pennsylvania 2014, MA Columbia University 2007, BMus Florida State University 2005) is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. She works primarily in early modern English poetry and non-dramatic prose, with a focus on Reformation politics and poetics. Lucía's first book project is titled Mere Meter: Early Modern Metrical Psalms and the Sound of English Poetry, and argues that metrical psalms produced in the sixteenth century — namely those found in early modern England's bestselling book, the Sternhold and Hopkins psalter — were central to the development of the idea and sound of post-medieval English "poetry." Her other current (and ongoing) interests include the lyric poetry of Sidney and Donne, music in Milton, family dynamics in Shakespeare, Spenser's shorter works and letters, and cognitive poetics. Lucía teaches various poetry-focused courses in the English department, including Introduction to Poetry and Poetics and a new upper-level class for 2017-18 on John Donne.