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Valerie Stetson

Valerie Stetson was born in Alberta and grew up in British Columbia. She studied English at the University of Victoria and worked as a humour writer and television columnist for the Times Colonist in Victoria. Stetson’s first book, a collection of short stories called The Year I Got Impatient, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The title story also received The Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. Her second book, a collection of poems called Living In Gravity, was nominated for a ReLit Award. Her articles have also appeared in The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. She lives in Kelowna.

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The Year I Got Impatient, stories. Oolichan Books, 2007
The House Poems. Palimpsest Press, 2007
Living In Gravity, poems. Palimpsest Press, 2008


The Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for "The Year I Got Impatient", 2001
The Malahat Review Novella Prize, finalist for "Graham Getty's Last Swim", 2006
This Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt, poetry shortlist for "The Ponderosas", 2003
The Danuta Gleed Literary Award, runner-up for The Year I Got Impatient, 2008
The ReLit Awards, longlisted for Living In Gravity, 2009
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