Judith Valente

7 Payne Place
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 
3094524733

Author's Bio

Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist, poet and essayist. Her chapbook "Inventing An Alphabet" was selected by Mary Oliver for the 2005 Aldrich Poetry Prize. She is the author of the poetry collection "Discovering Moons" and co-editor with Charles Reynard of "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul," an anthology of poems and reflections on finding the sacred in the ordinary. Her news reports appear regularly on national PBS-TV and local PBS in Chicago. She is currently at work on a non-fiction book about her experiences as a regular visitor to Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas. Valente is a sought after speaker who gives frequent workshops and retreats that combine poetry and the visual arts in an effort to live a more comtemplative life in a 24/7 world.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Discovering Moons
(Virtual Artists Collective, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
Aldrich Poetry Prize Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Prize Illinois Arts Council Poetry Award

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
,
The Ladder of the Beatitudes by Jim Forest
,
Father Melancholy's Daughter by Gail Godwin
,
Given by Wendell Berry

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Caucasian
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
French
Born in: 
Bayonne
Raised in: 
Bayonne, NJ
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Last updated: Jun 29, 2011