Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mayda Del Valle  

Pen Name: 

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry




Illinois Connection

Del Valle is a native of Chicago's South Side.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mayda Del Valle is author of The University of Hip Hop and a winner of the 2016 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize from Northwestern University Press. She appeared on six episodes of the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. A gifted performer, Del Valle has read her work at venues all over the world including the White House.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library