"Looking West from Iona"
The first poem published from a work-in-progress, a poetry collection/CNF hybrid based on a month of solo hiking and wandering in Scotland.
"Looking West from Iona" -

Hotel Worthy
Like a daring archeologist, the poems of Hotel Worthy dig [deeply] into the intimate layers of years, excavating the fossils of memory, love, loss, and family history. These poems compel us to have the courage to emerge from our past shipwrecks and embark anew. This collection is a roadmap for beginning again.
–Ansel Elkins, Yale Younger Poets Prize winner

Blood Clay
Tracey Gaines has moved to rural Saul County, North Carolina, to escape the wreckage of a divorce and becomes a teacher at an alternative school. She devotes herself to renovating an old farmhouse but finds she can't as easily build connections in this new place. When the community splits, she finds an ally in Dave Fordham, a native son who struck out for new opportunities, only to face his own trauma and a forced return home. Elizabeth Stuckey-French says, "Val Nieman has written what is destined to become a classic novel of Southern life."

Neena Gathering
"Neena, a young girl in America fallen apart into little states, and devastated by a series of vicious little wars, is raised on a farm by her aunt. As the scattered survivors try to cope with the destruction of civilization, Neena encounters her neighbors, vicious and unscrupulous scavengers, men scarred chemically and psychologically by wars. Neena also learns decency and friendship, and struggles to create and preserve happiness and love in a world of danger, hardship and beauty. In the process, Neena brings the blessing of peace and contentment to the people around her."
In Other Worlds

Wake Wake Wake
"Like the millwright in her poem, Valerie Nieman seems "with bare hands (to) embrace live steam." Wake Wake Wake is sinew and tendon, hard muscle and bruised bone; the volume sings with every inch of the body and every breath of the spirit. If she speaks of "hearing that we have all fallen short," she yet believes-she knows-"the way a path is best walked/not by looking down/but by looking out."
Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina

Short stories from Appalachia and beyond.

"Like Mother"
One of seven poems appearing in The Missouri Review from "The Leopard Lady Speaks: A Novel-in-Verse."