Anne Valente’s debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, released from William Morrow/HarperCollins in October 2016. Her first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize (2014). She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics.
Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Ninth Letter and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others, and won Copper Nickel’s 2012 Fiction Prize and a 2015 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award Finalist Prize. She was the Georges and Anne Borchardt Scholar at the 2014 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a featured author at the 2015 One Story Debutante Ball. Her work was selected as notable in Best American Non-Required Reading 2011 and her essays appear in The Believer, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner and The Washington Post.
Originally from St. Louis, she holds an MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati. She is a faculty member in the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.