Valerie Sayers

Fiction Writer

South Bend, IN
Indiana US

Author's Bio

My new novel, The Powers, featuring Joe DiMaggio, Dorothy Day, and Walker Evans, is composed in parallel narratives of prose and photography. I'm interested in the way artists act (or don't act) as moral witnesses, and how they formalize their responses to what Susan Sontag calls "the suffering of others." Five previous novels have recently been reissued by Northwestern University Press.

Publications & Prizes

Pushcart Prize Anthology (Pushcart Press, 2005)
The Powers (Northwestern University Press, 2013)
Brain Fever (Doubleday, 1996)
The Distance Between Us (Doubleday, 1996)
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Pushcart Prize, NEA fellowship in fiction

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Irish American
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Beaufort, SC
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Last update: Mar 08, 2015