Valerie Nieman

Poet, Fiction Writer

N/A
Greensboro, NC

Author's Bio

Appalachian heritage is the common thread binding Valerie Nieman’s wide range of writing, from mainstream fiction to horror, and both lyric and narrative poetry. Her fourth novel, To the Bones, is a genre-bending satire of the coal industry and its effects on Appalachia from West Virginia University Press. Her third poetry collection, Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse, was published in fall 2018, with work that has appeared in The Missouri Review, Chautauqua, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals. On its debut at Coney Island Museum, the curator wrote, "Steeped in sideshow tradition, and addressing issues of race, gender, self-concept, and creative expression, your book is beautifully written." Her writing has appeared widely in journals and in numerous anthologies, including Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods (WVU) and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (U Georgia). She has held state and NEA creative writing fellowships. She teaches workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School, NC Writers Network conferences, and many other venues. Her readings have included Why There Are Words in Pittsburgh and Sausalito, Piccolo Spoleto, and the Joaquin Miller series. A graduate of West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte and a former journalist, she was a founding editor of two literary magazines. She teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University.

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

Anthologies:
Keeping Track (Main Street Rag, 2013)
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Southern Appalachian Poetry: An Anthology of Works by 37 Poets (McFarland & Co., 2009)
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One Paycheck Away (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2003)
Books:
To the Bones (West Virginia University Press, 2019)
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Blood Clay (Press 53, 2011)
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Survivors (Van Neste Books, 2010)
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Fidelities (West Virginia University Press, 2004)
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Survivors (Van Neste Books, 2000)
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Neena Gathering (Crown Publishers, 1988)
Journals:
Antietam Review
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Kenyon Review
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Poetry

Anthologies:
The Southern Poetry Anthology: Vol. VII North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2015)
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And Love (Jacar Press, 2013)
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The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press, 2011)
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After ShocksThe Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events (Sante Lucia Books, 2009)
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Arthurian Literature by Women (Garland Publishing, 1999)
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Modern Arthurian Literature (Garland Publishing, 1992)
Books:
Leopard Lady:A Life in Verse (Press 53, 2018)
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Hotel Worthy (Press 53, 2015)
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Wake Wake Wake (Press 53, 2006)
Chapbooks:
How We Live (State Street Press, 1988)
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Slipping Out of Old Eve (Sing Heavenly Muse!, 1986)
Journals: ,
Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
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International Poetry Review
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Solo Cafe
Prizes won: 

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, Seven Hills Prize in YA Novel, Willie Parker Peace Prize from the NC Society of Historians

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Appalachian
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Born in: 
Jamestown, NY
New York
Raised in: 
NY
New York
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Last update: May 21, 2019