Valerie Schultz

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  • 5.17.2020

    May 18, 2020 by

    sun coaxes freckles waves tango onto shy shore ocean days with you. idyllic haiku never mind my traitor knee never mind the virus. never mind our masks never mind the hanging sword – walking is presence.

  • New Book

    September 4, 2019 by

    Very happy and excited to announce the publication of my new book “Overdue: A Dewey Decimal System of Grace”. It’s available through Liturgical Press (lit press.org) or Amazon. I’m grateful for the people I met in prison who inspired this book and who continue to inspire me, and for my publisher’s faith in giving me… Read more

  • 8.17.19

    August 17, 2019 by

    GRAMMAR POWER (from Fall 2006)             Ask any writer, and he or she will admit to a lifelong love affair with words. Admittedly, I was a late bloomer. My parents say that when I was a toddler, it took me so long to begin speaking that they worried I was developmentally impaired, especially compared to my… Read more

  • 8.05.19

    August 5, 2019 by

    THE EVERPRESENT THREAT OF A GUN (from 2017)             If you are an American, you’ve possibly had an experience like this: You are driving your car, minding the traffic laws. A rude driver cuts you off, or does something equally thoughtless on the road. You are tempted to make an angry motion in response, but then… Read more

  • 8.01.19

    August 1, 2019 by

    THE LUXURY OF RETREAT (from 2017)             When I was a younger writer, throwing words together amid bouts of real life with a husband and four daughters, I dreamt of affording the kind of retreat advertised in writing magazines: A rustic cabin, a Parisian apartment, where a writer can go only to write. Solitude would stretch from… Read more

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