Poetry. Women's Studies. "Bandura's poems make me cry. They reach into my pithy little heart and rip it out of my chest. She writes about Black Sabbath and guns and children and bad fathers and nutty sisters and Facebook and beautiful husbands and none of the language wants to pretend. She's saying Come here. Come closer. I want to whisper something in your ear. But, it's the ear of the world, of humanity."—Matthew Lipmann
Born in the former Soviet Union, Valerie Bandura's collection of poems, FREAK SHOW (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) was a 2014 Patterson Poetry Prize Finalist. She is also the author of HUMAN INTEREST (Black Lawrence Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, ZYZZYVA, Beloit Poetry Review, Best New Poets, and others, and have received Pushcart Prize nominations. She teaches writing at Arizona State University where she lives with her husband, fiction writer Patrick Michael Finn, and their son.
Author City: PHOENIX, AZ USA