Congratulations to Valerie Geary (2005), author of the novel Crooked River (Morrow/Harper 2014), a November 2014 Indie Next Great Read! Her short stories have appeared in Weekly Rumpus, Day One, Menda City Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, the UK publication Litro, and others.
As Valerie shares on her website, she grew up in Albany, Oregon and spent most of her childhood tromping through the woods, reading in her tree fort, and writing stories that featured heroic raccoons, squirrel detectives, and alien teachers. She majored in English Literature at Vanguard University of Southern California where she worked at a bookstore and as a tutor in our Writing Center. One bright summer she tripped through the Spanish countryside, taking language classes at the University of Salamanca and falling in love with churros con chocolate. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband. In addition to writing and reading, Valerie also enjoys gardening, hiking, sailing, and playing disc golf.
We are so proud of your accomplishments, Valerie! Felicidades y bendiciones!