MFA, Creative Writing, University of Michigan
MA, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan
BA, English and Russian, University of Iowa
Creative Writing - Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Contemporary American Literature
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Disability Studies in Literature
Laken, Valerie K. Separate Kingdoms. Harper Perennial, 2011.
Laken, Valerie K. Dream House. HarperCollins, 2009.
Ploughshares, Antioch Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Meridian, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.
The Missouri Review Editors' Prize
Honorable Mention in the Best American Short Stories