Valerie Laken, Fiction

Valerie Laken's short story collection, Separate Kingdoms (Harper Perennial, 2011), was longlisted for the Story Prize and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her novel, Dream House (Harper 2009), received the Anne Powers prize for fiction and was listed among Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2009. Her work has been published in numerous journals, including Ploughshares, the Chicago Tribune, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and has received a Pushcart Prize and a Missouri Review Editors' Prize. She holds an MA in Slavic literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, and she teaches in the graduate program for creative writing at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee.

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