Valerie Bandura’s collection of poems, FREAK SHOW (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), is a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poems have appeared, among other publications, in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse,Alaska Quarterly, Third Coast, and the Best New Poets anthology. Born in the former Soviet Union, Bandura received degrees from Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, where she served as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow. She was awarded a residency from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches writing at Arizona State University.