Selected Works

Poetry Collections
Poems of love, loss, and survival
Novels
Blood Clay, set in rural North Carolina, traces the "tangled social lines of the new South, the struggle of newcomers to belong, and of natives to keep their balance in changing times."
Gently Read Literature
"This charming, unpretentious novel delves into a different form of the pastoral, modeling itself on Thoreauvian attention to a person's place and moral actions in the spheres of nature, society, intellect..."
Publishers Weekly
Poetry Collection
Debut poetry collection featuring work from Appalachia and beyond.
Short fiction collection
These stories, set in the rural areas and mining towns of West Virginia, focus on the rough terrain of the human heart.

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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.