Valerie Miner

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Valerie Miner (born August 28, 1947 New York City) is an American novelist, journalist, and professor.[1]


Miner is the award-winning author of thirteen books. Her novels include After Eden, Range of Light, A Walking Fire, Winter's Edge, Blood Sisters, All Good Women, Movement: A Novel in Stories and Murder in the English Department. Her short fiction books include Abundant Light, The Night Singers and Trespassing. Her collection of essays is Rumors from the Cauldron: Selected Essays, Reviews and Reportage.

Miner's work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Salmagundi, New Letters, Ploughshares, The Village Voice, Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review, Conditions, The T.L.S., The Women's Review of Books, The Nation and other journals. Her stories and essays are published in more than sixty anthologies. Her collaborative work includes books, museum exhibits as well as theatre.

She has won fellowships and awards from The Rockefeller Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The NEA, The Jerome Foundation, The Heinz Foundation, The Australia Council Literary Arts Board and numerous other sources. She has had Fulbright Fellowships to Tunisia and India. She has taught for over twenty-five years and won a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999 from the University of Minnesota. She travels internationally giving readings, lectures and workshops.

Miner is now an artist-in-residence at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and a professor at Stanford University, contributing to the Feminist Studies Program and English Department.[2]


  • After Eden (2007)
  • Abundant Light (2004)
  • The Night Singers (2004)
  • The Low Road (2001)
  • Range of Light (1998)
  • A Walking Fire (1994)
  • Rumors from the Cauldron: Selected Essays, Reviews, and Reportage (1992)
  • Trespassing and Other Stories (1989)
  • All Good Women (1987)
  • Winter’s Edge (1984)
  • Murder in the English Department (1982)
  • Movement, A Novel in Stories (1982)
  • Blood Sisters (1981)[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • McKnight/Loft Artist Fellowship, 2005–2006
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Award (Indonesia) 2009
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Award (Tunisia), 2004
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (January–June, 2000) in India.
  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award in Fiction, 2005
  • Hugh J. Luke Award for Fiction, for “Percussion,” published in Prairie Schooner, Fall, 2003
  • McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction, “Veranda,” Best Fiction in The Southwest Review, 2002
  • McKnight Summer Fellow, 2002
  • Finalist for PEN USA Creative Non-Fiction Award for The Low Road, 2002
  • University College Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • McKnight Arts and Humanities Summer Fellowship, Summer, 1998
  • Visiting Research Associate, University of Edinburgh, International Social Sciences Institute, April and May, 1997
  • "Master Artist," Atlantic Center for the Arts, March, 1997
  • Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship, 1995–1997
  • Bush Foundation Sabbatical Supplement Award, 1996–1997
  • N.E.A Mobile Residency (to give readings and lectures in South East Alaska), Spring, 1996
  • McKnight Research Fellowship, 1994–1997
  • Common Rhythms Fellow, Lila Wallace Readers Digest Foundation, Centrum Foundation, 1993–1994
  • McKnight Arts and Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1993
  • Australia Council Literary Arts Grant, 1988
  • PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, 1986 [4]

Residency Fellowships[edit]

  • Residency Fellowship, Ucross, 2009
  • MacDowell Residency Fellowship, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fellowship, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008
  • Yaddo Writing Fellowship, 1999
  • Heinz Foundation Fellowship, Hawthornden Castle, Midlothian, Scotland, Fall, 1996
  • Rockefeller Foundation Residency at Bellagio Study Center, Italy, July–August 1994
  • Fellow, Leighton Colony, Banff Arts Centre, Canada, July–August 1993
  • Fellowship, Blue Mountain Center, May–June 1992
  • Fellowship, Cummington Community for the Arts, Cummington, Massachusetts, October 1989 [5]


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