Virginia Houston was a poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Her poetry often used overtly erotic images. One of her poems, Class Room, was included in the first edition of Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance (1989), edited by Maureen Honey, which was a groundbreaking anthology that brought to notice women poets of the Harlem Renaissance. She was the model for the character Clara in Ruth Seid's book The Changelings. She was a friend of Seid throughout her life and helped her write The Changelings by confirming the truth of the black characters in it. She also worked as a social worker.
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- Maureen Honey (1989). Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-1420-8.
- Tyler T. Schmidt (11 September 2013). Desegregating Desire: Race and Sexuality in Cold War American Literature. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 247–. ISBN 978-1-62846-831-1.
- Adam Meyer (2002). Black-Jewish Relations in African American and Jewish American Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography. Scarecrow Press. pp. 82–. ISBN 978-0-8108-4218-2.