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Valerie Wallace

Connection to Illinois: Wallace lives in Chicago

Biography: VALERIE WALLACE is also the author of the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping (2011). Margaret Atwood chose her work for the 2012 Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the Associate Director of Communications for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

E-Mail: valeriemw [at] gmail [dot] com

Selected Titles

House of McQueen
ISBN: 194558811X OCLC:

Four Way Books 2018

Poems inspired by the fashion designer Alexander McQueen include sonnets written after models' conversations with and about McQueen, pieces of interviews and centos of secrets that draw us into McQueen's life. Take imaginative jumps from runway to fairytale to Shakespeare to street with wild, brilliant grace.