Reading at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, May 2015.
Valerie Nieman is a novelist and poet whose work draws on her life in Appalachia and the South.

Her second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, is newly published by Press 53, which also published her debut collection, Wake Wake Wake. Her poetry has been honored with the Greg Grummer, Byron Herbert Reece, and Nazim Hikmet prizes.

Her most recent novel, Blood Clay, is a story of the New South that won the Eric Hoffer Award in General Fiction and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Prize.

Her 1988 novel Neena Gathering was returned to print as a classic in the post-apocalyptic genre.

She recently completed revisions on a fourth book, Backwater, a coming-of-age/​crime novel set in North Carolina, and is working on a three-book historical fantasy as well as a novel-in-verse.

She has been an NEA creative writing fellow and a North Carolina Arts Council fellow, and has held writing grants in West Virginia and Kentucky.

A graduate of West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte, sheis a former newspaper reporter and editor. She now teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University and is the poetry editor of Prime Number magazine.

Her work is represented by Catherine Luttinger of Darhansoff & Verrill.