Victoria Newton Ford
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Victoria Newton Ford

Poet, Essayist

2024 Fellow


Victoria Newton Ford (she/they) is a poet and essayist from Memphis, Tennessee. Her writing explores fungibility, violence, specters, intimacy, and memory. She is interested in examining the various forms of captivity Black women endure and how predatory formations (policing, prisons, child protective services, etc.) govern Black women’s and children’s lives.

Ford is an inaugural 2023 TORCH Literary Arts Fellow. Her writing appears in Scalawag, Literary Hub, Sojourners, Jai-Alai Magazine, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Lambda Literary, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Since 2017, Victoria has taught for the Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House. She is currently working on her first manuscript that examines slavery as an ever-present haunting in the lives of Black mothers and their children. She lives in Washington, D.C.