Anne Valente is the author of two novels, The Desert Sky Before Us (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2019) and Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down  (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), as well as the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014). She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics (Bull City Press, 2017).  

Her fiction appears in One Story, American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review and The Southern Review, among others, and won Copper Nickel’s 2012 Fiction Prize and a 2015 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award Prize. Her work has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Women’s International Study Center, and her essays appear in The Believer, Catapult, Literary Hub, Guernica and The Washington Post.

Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives in upstate New York where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Hamilton College.