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Valerie Nieman’s new book

Valerie Nieman’s first full-length poetry collection, Wake Wake Wake, will appear this fall from Press 53, an independent publishing company in Winston-Salem, NC.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Lisel Mueller, in selecting Nieman’s work for the Sing Heavenly Muse! chapbook contest, wrote:  “Ultimately it’s a writer’s excellence as a writer, her strength of language, apart from all good intentions, that convinces us she is telling the truth. (Nieman) has an extraordinary sense of metaphor and a talent for expressive language that seems, at the same time, plain and straightforward, probably because it is so apt as to seem inevitable.”

Nieman is the author of a recent collection of short fiction, Fidelities, from West Virginia University Press, as well as two novels and two chapbooks of poetry. Her poems and short stories have been widely published in journals such as Poetry, The Kenyon Review, 5 A.M., and West Branch, as well as several anthologies, including the forthcoming issue from Kakalak. Awards have included a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 and 2002 Elizabeth Simpson Smith prizes in fiction from the Charlotte Writers Club and the Greg Grummer Prize in poetry from Phoebe.  Ms. Nieman is a 1978 graduate of West Virginia University and received an M.F.A. in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. A longtime newspaper reporter and editor, she is now a professor of English and journalism at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro.

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