Valerie Laken

Associate Professor


MFA, Creative Writing, University of Michigan
MA, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan
BA, English and Russian, University of Iowa

Areas of Reaching and Teaching

Creative Writing - Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Contemporary American Literature
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Disability Studies in Literature

Recent Publications

Laken, Valerie K. Separate Kingdoms. Harper Perennial, 2011.
Laken, Valerie K. Dream House. HarperCollins, 2009.

Stories and Articles

PloughsharesAntioch ReviewThe Chicago TribuneThe Missouri ReviewMichigan Quarterly ReviewMeridianAlaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.


Pushcart Prize
The Missouri Review Editors' Prize
Honorable Mention in the Best American Short Stories