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Valerie Nieman

Author's Bio

Valerie Nieman is the author of three novels, the most recent being Blood Clay, 2012 winner of the Eric Hoffer Award in General Fiction and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Prize. Her 1988 novel Neena Gathering was returned to print by Permuted Press as a classic in the post-apocalyptic genre. She has been an NEA creative writing fellow and a North Carolina Arts Council fellow, and has held grants in West Virginia and Kentucky. Her debut poetry collection, Wake Wake Wake, will be joined by a new book, Hotel Worthy, in 2015. Her poetry has been honored with the Greg Grummer, Byron Herbert Reece, and Nazim Hikmet prizes. A graduate of West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte, she was a newspaper reporter and editor for many years. She now teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University and is the poetry editor of Prime Number magazine.

Publications and Prizes

Blood Clay (Press 53, 2011), Survivors (Van Neste Books, 2010), Wake Wake Wake (Press 53, 2006), Fidelities (West Virginia University Press, 2004)
How We Live (State Street Press, 1988), Slipping Out of Old Eve (Sing Heavenly Muse!, 1986)
And Love (Jacar Press, 2013), Keeping Track (Main Street Rag Press, 2013), The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press, 2011), After ShocksThe Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events (Sante Lucia Books, 2009), One Paycheck Away (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2003), Arthurian Literature by Women (Garland Publishing, 1999), Modern Arthurian Literature (Garland Publishing, 1992)
Antietam Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Crab Creek Review, Green Mountains Review, International Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New Letters, North Carolina Literary Review, Poetry, Solo Cafe, storySouth, West Branch
NC Arts Fellowship, NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, WV Commission on the Arts grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women grant, Greg Grummer Prize in Poetry, only two-time winner of the Elizabeth Simpson Smith prize in fiction, Byron Herbert Reece Prize, Nazim Hikmet Prize

Valerie Nieman Resume

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Listing last updated: October 5, 2014

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Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
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Prefers to work with:
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers
Born in:
Jamestown, NY
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