Valerie Schultz

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  • 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

  • 7.29.19

    July 29, 2019 by

    CORAZON What do I want to learn more about? The human heart –              how it love how it beats            how it breaks             how it heals             how it opens             how it hardens             how it swells             how it stretches             how it stops             how it adapts             how it forgives             how it encircles             how it reaches  for the… Read more

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