Valerie Fioravanti is the author of Garbage Night at the Opera, winner of the 2011 Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction from BkMk Press (pronounced Bookmark Press) of the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Garbage Night at the Opera received the IPPY Bronze Medal in Short Fiction, was a finalist for Late Night Library‘s Debut-litzer Prize in Fiction, and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize.
Valerie’s short stories have appeared in North American Review, Cimarron Review, Hunger Mountain, and others. These stories have received seven Pushcart Prize nominations and Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXVIII. Valerie received a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing to Italy. Her story “Loud Love” won the inaugural Tillie Olsen Short Story Award from the Tishman Review. Her essays and prose poems have been published in Portland Review, Eclectica, Silk Road, r.kv.r.y, and others.
Valerie primarily works as a writing coach, providing one-on-one feedback and mentoring to other writers. She also teaches and facilitates workshops across the country, as requested. She has taught for the UCLA & UC Davis Extension Writers Program, National University’s MFA program, and New Mexico State University.
Valerie regularly screens manuscripts for book awards and MFA programs and participates in craft lectures and panels. She has appeared at AWP, Napa Valley Writers Conference, UCLA Writers Faire, Litquake SF, and elsewhere.
She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she learned both craft and the art of mentoring from writing luminaries Robert Boswell, Kevin McIlvoy, and Antonya Nelson. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the New School in New York City, where she was born and raised.
Valerie was named a “Best Friend to Fiction Writers” by Sacramento News & Review in the 2011 Best of Sacramento issue. It remains one of her proudest accolades.
She can be reached via email at valfiora (at) yahoo (dot) com, or you can fill out the contact form below.