Valerie Wallace is the author of House of McQueen, chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping (dancing girl press, 2011). Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry, and various grants and fellowships to support her writing. She is Associate Director, Communications for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago and teaches at Harold Washington College, the Newberry Library, and offers private workshops. valeriewallace.net.
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