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About Laura E. Valeri

Laura Valeri is a writer, a writing consultant, an editor, and  faculty in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. She is the author of three story collections, a book of essays, and numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry published in literary journals across the world.

Valeri’s debut collection of short stories, The Kinds of Things Saints Do, was an Iowa John Simmons Award winner, and a winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Award in Fiction. Her second collection of stories, Safe in Your Head, was a winner of the Stephen F. Austin literary prize in fiction and a finalist in various national contests. Her new collection of stories, The Dead Still Here, was published in summer 2018 with Stephen F Austin University Press, and her collection of essays, Dog Island, is forthcoming with Galaad Edizioni in Italy.

Laura is a Hambidge fellow and was a Walter E Dakins Fellow in Fiction with the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University, where, with the help of her colleagues, she also created and currently edits the literary journal, Wraparound South.

Laura earned two MFAs in creative writing, the first from Florida International University as a generalist, and then with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (University of Iowa) for fiction.  She earned her undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from New York University.

Her writing has won national contests and has appeared in various literary magazines, including in Waccamaw,  Fiction Southeast, Temenos,  Web Conjunctions, Gulfstream Magazine, Glimmer Train and many others. She also publishes nonfiction, poetry, and translations.

Positions

2012 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Arts and Humanities, College of
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Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Writing and Linguistics, Department of
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2008 - 2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Writing and Linguistics, College of Arts and Humanities, Georgia Southern University
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2003 - 2008 Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Writing and Linguistics, College of Arts and Humanities, Georgia Southern University
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Josephine Friedman/Gulf Stream Literary Award in Short Fiction (2001)
  • Graduate Merit Fellowship, Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2001-2002)
  • John Simmons Short Fiction Award (2002)
  • John Gardner Award, Binghamton University (2003)
  • Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Open (2007)
  • Family Matters Competition, Glimmer Train (2007)
  • Walter E. Dakins Fellow, Sewanee Writers Conference (2008)
  • Fellow, Hambidge Artist Colony (2010)
  • SFA Literary Contest Winner, Fiction Manuscript Contest (2012)
  • Mermaids Who Create Residency (2014)
  • Vittore Branca/Cini Foundation Researcher Residency (2017)

Courses

  • Creativity and The Writer (Online)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (Online)
  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Writing Screenplay Adaptations
  • Writing the Memoir
  • Advanced Fiction Writing (Online, Graduate)
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • English 1101
  • English 1102
  • Advanced Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric I

Education

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2000 - 2002 M.F.A. in Fiction, University of Iowa
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1999 - 2001 M.F.A. as a Generalist, Florida International University
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1984 - 1988 B.A. in English Literature with a Creative Writing Concentration, New York University
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Contact Information

P.O. Box 8026
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5889
Office: Newton - Room 1119E

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Books (3)

Chapters in Anthologies (3)

Creative Works in Journals (34)