Creative Writing Department Welcomes New Faculty Member, Award-Winning Author Anne Valente

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Dynamic fiction writer recognized for short story collections, essays; debut novel set for publication in 2016

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Lauren McDaniel

Santa Fe University of Art and Design


Santa Fe, N.M.—May 20, 2015—The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) welcomes author Anne Valente as a full-time faculty member in fall 2015. Valente’s first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014), received wide acclaim and won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and Iron Horse Literary Review, among others. She will teach fiction and literature classes across all levels as a faculty member at SFUAD.

“The Creative Writing and Literature Department is extremely fortunate to have Anne Valente join our full-time faculty. Anne is an incredibly talented fiction writer, and has tremendous expertise in her field,” said Matt Donovan, co-chair of the department. “She also brings a wonderfully dynamic presence in the classroom. Anne received national recognition and great success with her first book, a collection of short stories, and we’re eagerly awaiting her first novel, which will be published by Harper Collins next year. Anne gave our students and faculty a sneak-peak at the new novel during her reading while she was visiting campus, and what she delivered to us was a haunting and powerful piece of work.”

Valente won Copper Nickel’s 2012 Fiction Prize, was the Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar at the 2014 Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and was a featured author during the May 2015 One Story Debutante Ball. Her work was selected as a notable story in Best American Non-Required Reading 2011 and her essays have appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature and The Washington Post.

Valente’s debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, is forthcoming from William Morrow/Harper Collins in 2016.

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About SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department

The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design enables students to learn from and grow along with a core of published, award-winning authors. Dedicated students polish their literary skills and discover the right forms for their unique voice, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct public readings, work collaboratively, and inspire and be inspired by their peers. Annually, the Creative Writing and Literature Department publishes a student-edited and student-produced literary journal, Glyph, featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.

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