Reading with Richard Krawiec at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC.
Valerie Nieman recently completed her fourth novel, Backwater. 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 first novel, Neena Gathering, set in a future Appalachia, was returned to print after two decades as a classic in the post-apocalyptic genre.

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

She recently completed revisions 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, she is 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.