Anne Valente

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Anne Valente
Anne Valente Author Photograph.jpg
BornSt. Louis, Missouri
OccupationShort-story writer, essayist, novelist
EducationWashington University in St. Louis (BA)

University of Illinois (MS)
Bowling Green State University (MFA)

University of Cincinnati (PhD)
Notable worksOur Hearts Will Burn Us Down (2016)

By Light We Knew Our Names (2014)

An Elegy for Mathematics (2013)
Notable awardsThe Best Small Fictions (2017)

Copper Nickel Prize (2012)
Dzanc Short Story Prize (2011)

Notable Story, Best American Non-Required Reading (2011)

Anne Valente is an American writer. Her debut short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize and was released in September 2014. 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 Kenyon Review and others. In 2014, Anne was the Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her essays have been published in The Believer, Electric Literature and The Washington Post.

In 2016, Anne Valente's debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins.[1] Her second novel, The Desert Sky Before Us, will be published by HarperCollins in 2019.

Anne is currently represented by Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown

She has taught creative writing and creative non-fiction at Bowling Green State University, McNeese State University, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, University of Utah, University of Cincinnati, and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Anne Valente is currently a faculty member in the department of Literature and Creative Writing at Hamilton College.



About her 2014 short story collection By Light We Knew Our Names Catherine Carberry of the Paris Review Daily, wrote: "Valente slides between realism and fabulism, and her imaginative leaps alone are noteworthy—but even more so is the heart that beats throughout these stories"[2] Sadye Teiser of The Rumpus wrote: "All of the stories in this luminous debut straddle the line between the known and the unknowable. By Light We Knew Our Names illustrates the fact that, whether it’s the discovery of your own identity or the inexplicability of others, the world is full of secrets, and we feel most alive when we are trying (futilely) to uncover them. It’s this sense of mystery that torments and sustains us."[3] Anne's debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, was named one of the most necessary books for the end of 2016 by Ploughshares.




  • Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (2016, William Morrow) ISBN 978-0062429117
  • By Light We Knew Our Names (2014, Dzanc Books) ISBN 978-1-9368736-2-3
  • An Elegy for Mathematics (2013, Origami Zoo Press) ISBN 978-0988704404

Short Stories[edit]

  • "Home Inventory After a Tornado (Or, Everything We Lost)" – Normal School
  • "A Brief History of Crime Scene Investigation" – Threadcount (Novel Excerpt)
  • "The Great Flood" – The Collagist
  • "I Paved the Way" – Quarterly West
  • "Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down" – Iron Horse Literary Review
  • "The Vault of Gratiot Street Prison" – storySouth
  • "From the Journal of Common Human Viruses" – Banango Street
  • "Like the Light Blue of Water" – Heavy Feather Review
  • "A Field Guide to Female Anatomy" – Ninth Letter
  • "The Lost Caves of St. Louis" – Redivider
  • "Not for Ghosts or Daffodils" – The Journal
  • "Dear Amelia" – Copper Nickel
  • "A Taste of Tea" – Midwestern Gothic
  • "Until Our Shadows Claim Us" – CutBank
  • "The Archivist" – Camera Obscura
  • "Mollusk, Membrane, Human Heart" – Memorious
  • "If Everything Fell Silent, Even Sirens" – Sou’wester
  • "The Gravity Well" – Drunken Boat
  • "Terrible Angels" – Surreal South 2011
  • "Everything That Was Ours" – Freight Stories
  • "By Light We Knew Our Names" – Hayden’s Ferry Review
  • "Minivan" – Bellevue Literary Review
  • "Latchkey" – Berkeley Fiction Review
  • "If the Hum of Bees Flooded Our Ears" – Midwestern Gothic
  • "So Many States from Home" – Hobart
  • "He Who Finds It Lives Forever" – Necessary Fiction
  • "A Secret Hum of Blades" – Wigleaf
  • "Just Beautiful Girls" – Emprise Review
  • "The First Amendment" – Emprise Review
  • "An Agreement" – Emprise Review
  • "If I Had Walked the Moon" – Unsaid
  • "A Very Compassionate Baby" – Annalemma
  • "Hands to Caskets" – TripleQuick Fiction
  • "Baggage" – JMWW
  • "She Dreams of Oceans" – Keyhole
  • "Something Calming, Something Necessary" – You Must Be This Tall To Ride
  • "May This Strap Restrain You" – Necessary Fiction
  • "Practice" – Storylandia
  • "The Water Cycle" – Emprise Review
  • "Hope Chest" – Monkeybicycle
  • "To A Place Where We Take Flight" – Storyglossia
  • "Nines" – PANK


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  2. ^ Carberry, Catherine. "Staff Picks: No Conscience, No Hope, No October". The Paris Review. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  3. ^ Teiser, Sadye. "By Light We Knew Our Names". Retrieved 12 April 2016.