Anne Valente is the author of two novels, The Desert Sky Before Us (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2019), which was selected as an InStyle Best Book of the Month, and Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), which was an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Midwestern Connections Pick, a Refinery29 Best Book and one of Ploughshares’ Most Necessary Books of 2016. She is also the author of the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, which won the 2014 Dzanc Prize, and 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 Fiction Prize and a Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award Prize. Her work has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ragdale Foundation and the Women’s International Study Center and has appeared in Best Small Fictions and Best American Non-Required Reading. 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.