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Valerie Finn

Instructor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography

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. Her second book, "Human Interest" (Black Lawrence Press, 2017).  Bandura is a graduate of Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She was the recipient of the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship, and residency from the Vermont Studio Center and Bread Load Writer's Conference. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, Crazyhorse, Mid-Atlantic Review, Third Coast, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Beloit Poetry Review, Best New Poets, and others. She teaches writing at Arizona State University where she lives with her husband, fiction writer Patrick Michael Finn, and their son.

Education
  • M.F.A  Warren Wilson College 2002
  • English degree. Columbia University 1996
Publications

BOOKS

                       

Human Interest, collection of poems (Black Lawrence Press, 2017)

Freak Show, collection of poems (Black Lawrence Press, 2013)

 

JOURNAL PUBLICATION

 

American Poetry Review: "Would You Like Some Cheese with That," "Money Is Everything," "Evil," “All Points Bulletin,” “Mama Money,” “What a Peach,” and “While You Were Out” (2015, 2016)

The Gettysburg Review: "Holy Manure" and "Rodeo Good Stuff"

Waxwing Magazine: “FB is My New BF,” “Not Tag But War,” “Pooer Lonely Irony” (2015)

ZYZZVA: “JC Loves the Gays” and “Tell Me Something” (2014)

Honest Pint No. 8 Broadside (edited by Matthew Dickman), Tavern Books Publishing: “There’s Always a Gunman”  (2013)

The Minnesota Review: “Step Right Up” (2012)

Ploughshares: “Two Weeks” (2012, received a Pushcart nomination)

Alaska Quarterly Review: “Jews for Jesus” and “Carnage” (2012)

Cimarron Review: “Ka-boom” and “Head” (2011)

Mid-American Review: “A New Car” and “Two-Headed Child” (2008)

The Asheville Poetry Review: “Sweet Onion” (2007)

Prairie Schooner: “Fun and Games” (2007)

HeartStone: “Lou Cataldie: Louisiana Coroner” (2007)

Third Coast: “Freak Show” (2007)

Folio: “Baruch Atah Adonai” (2006)

Soundings East: “Asking For It” (2006)

Beloit Poetry Journal: “Speak the Slavic” (2006)

River Styx: “Cottonboob” (2006)

Agenda [England]:  “Goodman’s Anthem” and “The Found Word” (2006)

Best New Poets of 2005  (edited by George Garrett): “Vagina and Cross-Cocks” (2006)

Poet Lore: “How We Came to Be" (2005)

Cimarron Review: “Mother Tongue” (2005)

The Greensboro Review: “Drive-In” (2004)

Hubbub: “Two Notes” (2003; Winner of the Kenneth O. Hanson Award)

Crazyhorse: “Now You See It Now You Don’t” (2002)

The Comstock Review: “Deadnettle and Its Rival, The Yellow Archangel” (1999)

The Lucid Stone: “An Elegy” (1999)

 

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
ENG 562forms of Poetry
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Honors / Awards

Finalist for The Patterson Poetry Prize (2014)

Pushcart Nomination from Ploughshares (2013)

James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center (2013)

Joan Beebe Teaching Fellowship, Warren Wilson College (2004-2006)

Assistantship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference (2002)

 

 

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