Valerie Nieman’s second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, is being published in March 2015 by Press 53, which also published her debut collection, Wake Wake Wake.
She was a 2013-2014 North Carolina Arts Council poetry fellow, and has received an NEA creative writing fellowship as well as major grants in West Virginia and Kentucky. Her awards include the Greg Grummer, Nazim Hikmet, and Byron Herbert Reece poetry prizes.
Nieman is the author of three novels: Blood Clay, a novel of the New South, which was honored with the Eric Hoffer Prize in General Fiction; a novel about the Rust Belt of the 1970s, Survivors; and a science fiction title, Neena Gathering, recently reissued as a classic in the post-apocalyptic genre. A fourth book, Backwater, is now in submission, and research for a new novel included a month hiking solo in Scotland. She also has published a collection of short stories, Fidelities.
Nieman graduated from West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she now teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University and at venues ranging from the John C. Campbell Folk School to WriterHouse. She was a founding editor of Kestrel and currently the poetry editor of Prime Number magazine.
Awards and Recognition
- National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship
- North Carolina Arts Council poetry fellowship
- Kentucky Foundation for Women fellowship
- West Virginia Commission on the Arts fellowship
- Greg Grummer Prize in Poetry
- Elizabeth Simpson Smith prize in fiction