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HOUSE OF MCQUEEN has been named one of the 10 Best Poetry Books of 2018 by Chicago Review of Books.

José Araguz made a beautiful microreview of HOUSE OF MCQUEEN and included a microinterview with me, in the Friday Influence Microreview & Interview.

Saturday, December 8, 7-10pm

2018 Chicago Review of Books Awards Ceremony (Chirbys) – Free; registration encouraged

Volumes Bookcafe | 1474 North Milwaukee Avenue


Sundress Publications named HOUSE OF MCQUEEN “Best Dressed” for the week of November 5, 2018! Donna Vorreyer will curate a new poem each day. LINK

November 26, 1-4pm

Workshop: “Strange Animals” in Berkeley, CA

We’ll discuss & write prose poems at the studio of Ellen Hauptli

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm

Book Culture – with Lee Briccietti and Nathan McClain

536 W 112th St, New York City

Friday, November 9, 7:00 pm

Pete’s Big Salmon at Pete’s Candy / Indolent Books Reading Series – with Gerry LaFemina
and Julie Bruck

709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Saturday, November 10, 7:00 pm

Big Blue Marble Bookstore- with Grady Chambers

551 Carpenter Lane, Mt. Airy Village, Philadelphia

Saturday, November 17, 7:00 pm

Open Books: A Poetry Emporium – with Susan Rich, Lisa Wells

2414 N. 45th St., Seattle

Sunday, November 18, 4:00 pm

Why There Are Words PDX– with Michael Copperman, M. Allen Cunningham, Kate Carroll De Gutes, Ramiza Koya, and Anca Szilágyi

Leach Botanical Garden | 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 


HOUSE OF MCQUEEN has been shortlisted for the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Award for Poetry! Read more here.

October 6, 1:00 pm

“Containing Obsession: Experimental Forms, Invasion, and What Consumes Us”

with Krys Belc, Natasha Mijares, Rebecca Nicole Nakaba, Sara Ryan

&Now Conference | University of Notre Dame

Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm

Malvern Books – with Katy Chrisler and Simone Muench

613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX


Grace Cavalieri named HOUSE OF MCQUEEN one of the best fall books of 2018 – Read the full review here

Sunday, September 2, 2:30-3:15

Decatur Book Festival – Reading with Jennifer Lux, Monica Ferrell, and  Moderator Katie Chaple

Decatur City Hall | Decatur, GA

Monday, September 18, Poetry Talk at 2:30 p.m. and Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. 

Visiting Poet: Tabula Poetica Reading Series

Center for American War Letters (Leatherby Libraries)

Chapman University | Orange, CA

Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 pm

Lyrics & Dirges “Breaking the Fast”  – with Sarah Grace Gladstone and Norma Smith

Pegasus Books Downtown | 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Thursday, September 20, 8:00 pm

Poetry Night in Davis

John Natsoulas Gallery  | 521 1st St, Davis, CA

Friday, September 21, 7:30pm

Green Apple Books on the Park – with Daniel Handler and Kevin Simmonds

1231 9th Avenue, S, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, September 22, 7:00 pm

Café Society – followed by a conversation with Jack Shoemaker, publisher of Counterpoint Press

109 Park Place, Point Richmond, CA

Monday, September 24, 1:30 pm

Private Reading – by invitation only

Paso Robles, CA

Thursday, September 27, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Poetry is Normal Presents 

Normal Public Library | 206 W. College Ave. , Normal, IL

Friday, September 28,  6:45-7:30 pm

RHINO Reads!  – with Aaron Coleman

Bookends and Beginnings

1712 Sherman Ave | Evanston, IL 60201


Just came across this video by Libby Green, about HOUSE OF MCQUEEN and the title poem – it’s quite well done.  “Translating Fashion into Poetry” 

The Canadian poet in Rob McLennan interviewed me for his “12 or 20 questions series”!

Thursday, August 9, 7:00 pm

Why There Are Words

333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA

Friday, August 17, 8:00 pm

Poetry Night at the Outdoor Cafe

3257 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago

Sunday, August 19, 7:00 pm

Danny’s Sunday Series: Poetry, Prose & Cocktails: A Celebration of Kristy Bowen and dancing girl press

1951 W Dickens Avenue, Chicago

Sunday, August 26, 2:00 pm

Woman Made Art Gallery – with Catherine Bowman, Angela Jackson, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Cin Salach

2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago

Directions and parking


The Chicago Review of Books included HOUSE OF MCQUEEN as one of the “Best Books of 2018 So Far”.


Monday, July 16th, at 7:00-9:00 pm

Cafe Muse Literary Salon – with Grace Cavalieri 

Friendship Heights Village Center

4433 S Park Ave, Chevy Chase, MD


Library Journal named HOUSE OF MCQUEEN a Top Spring Poetry Selection!

HOUSE OF MCQUEEN is reviewed by Virginia Bell in The Nervous Breakdown: “Freedom is a Bitch: A Review of Valerie Wallace’s House of McQueen

Sunday, June 1, 8:00 pm

Reading and conversation with Ralph Hamilton

Lagoons Reading Seriesat the Uptown Arts Center 

941 W Lawrence, Chicago

Tuesday, June 12, 9:30 am

The Sky-Line Club with Healy Elementary School students

Sponsored by the Aparecio Foundation

Monday, June 18, 7:00 pm

Waiting for the Bus

2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago


May 3

House of McQueen poems “Bespoke” and “McQueen Self-Portrait as Bestiary” have been reprinted in Arcturus!

Saturday, May 5, 5:30 pm

Francie & Finch Bookshop – with Adrienne Christian

130 S. 13th Street, Lincoln, NE

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 pm

The Bookworm – with Liz Kay

Loveland Centre, 2501 South 90th Street, Omaha, NE

Thursday, May 10, 7pm

Bookbound Bookstore

1729 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Poetry Foundation – with Duriel Harris, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Sanam Shamiri

61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 16, 8:30 pm

Reading of Hillary Gravendyk’s posthumous collection, The Soluable Hour (Omnidawn, 2017)

City Lit Books – with Cindy Arrieu-King, S. Brook Corman, Ruben Quesada, Michael Robins, Jennifer Scappettone

2523 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago

Saturday, May 19, 8pm

Highland Park Poetry | Coffee Speaks

610 Central Avenue, Suite 155, Highland Park, IL

Wednesday, May 23, 6:00 pm

LIBRARY London – with Andrea Witzke-Slot

112 St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BD, United Kingdom

The Chicago Tribune reviewed HOUSE OF MCQUEEN online May 25 and in the Sunday, May 27 paper! Kathleen Rooney, “Chicago poet reinterprets life and legacy of Alexander McQueen


Interview in Chicago Review of Books “Valerie Wallace Explores the Life and Work of Alexander McQueen” April 2, 2018 – LINK

Monday, April 2 – 6pm

Penn Book Center – with Shevaun Brannigan

130 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia

Thursday, April 5 – 6:30 pm

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court – with Rachel Slotnick

811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL

Friday, April 6

Argo High School Poetry Day – with Maya Gutierrez and Jacob Saenz

Tuesday, April 10 – 6 -7:30 pm

Conversation with Stephanie Brooks and Reading

Seminary Co-op Bookstore | 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

RSVP HERE (Please note your RSVP is requested, not required)

followed by a party at the home of Vicky Anderson – all are welcome!

4935 1/2 (rear coach house) S. Greenwood Avenue

Friday, April 13

Judge Memorial Catholic High School (’86) – with Chris Green (’83)

Saturday, April 14 – 4pm

The King’s English Bookshop – with Chris Green and Elise Paschen

1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT

Sunday, April 15 – 5:30 pm

Son De Domingo at Teatro Paraguaswith Tyler Mills and Aaron Rudolph

3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe

Saturday & Sunday April 21-22

New Orleans Poetry Festival – Small Press Reading 1 at 3:05pm


Wednesday, April 25

Morton West High School

Berwyn, IL


The Chicago Review of Books has named HOUSE OF MCQUEEN one of the Best Books of March 2018! https://lnkd.in/eTXeV7v

Thursday, March 8th, 1:30-2:45pm

AWP R215. Curated Obsession: The Persona Poetry Project

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

R215. () Research, sustained focus, and particularities of craft will be talking points for a conversation with five poets at different stages of their careers, who have each created an entire poetry project based on voice(s)/persona different than their own. Discussion topics will include but not be limited to, form, following inklings, research methods, and finding the arc after the spark. Each panelist will read examples from their persona collections.

Friday, March 9th

1:30-2:45pm AWP Four Way Books 25th Anniversary Reading

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

F224. () Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2018, Four Way Books presents five writers from around the country reading from recent work. Since its founding, Four Way Books has been revered for its commitment to showcasing a wide range of poetry and short fiction by debut and established writers. From the elegant lyric to the disruptive narrative, in gritty portrayals of the interior to near-apocalyptic visions, this celebratory reading offers new writing across genres and aesthetic divides.

3:00–3:30  AWP Book signing for HOUSE OF MCQUEEN at the Four Way Books Event Space: 1634, 1632

with Kamilah Aisha Moon

8pm AWP Off-Site Reading: Authors from Four Way Books, Persea Books, and Bull City Press

The Attic | 500 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 400, Tampa, FL 33602

Sunday, March 18, 2pm – 4pm

Writing the Other: Poetry Workshop

Writer’s Atelier | 336 Grove Ave. Suite B, Winter Park, FL

This is a FREE workshop, but please send your RSVP to racquel@racquelhenry.com

Monday, March 19 – 4 pm

Danforth Chapel, 715 E Park St

Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

CANCELED DUE TO SNOW: Wednesday, March 21 – 7pm

Book Culture on Columbus – Four Way Books Spring 2018 Authors

with Carol Moldaw (Beauty Refracted), Ben Purkert (For the Love of Endings), and friend of the press Michael Collins

450 Columbus Ave  (between 81st and 82nd streets), NYC

Thursday, March 22 – 7pm

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop –  with Carol Moldaw and Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

141 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, March 24 – 7 pm

House party for House of McQueen! 

At the home of Kelly Morgan, with C. Russell Price

1225 Judson Avenue, Evanston, IL

Sunday, March 25 – 11am 

Brunch and reading at the home of Dolores Cross

5532 So. Shore Drive Apt. 21D/E, Chicago

RSVP to valeriemw@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 27 – 5:30p 

Private event at Gage

Chicago, IL


HOUSE OF MCQUEEN has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly! LINK


HOUSE OF MCQUEEN is now available for pre-order! Here it is on Indiebound where you can order it from them, or your local bookstore.

The poems “ars poetica :: hibernaculum” and  “Aubade with Almonds & Oranges” have been published in Issue 17 of Radar, with accompanying art work by Resa Blatman. You can also hear me read them!

I’ve been selected as a Preliminary Judge for the Tupelo Press 2018 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book, which will be open to submissions January 1st through April 30th.  To submit, visit here.

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