Born in the former Soviet Union, Valerie Bandura is the author of Human Interest (Black Lawrence Press), a Finalist for Copper Canyon Press, and Freak Show (Black Lawrence Press), a Runner Up for the Brittingham and t Akron Poetry Prizes, and a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist.
Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, ZYZZYVA, Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and awarded residencies at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and at the Vermont Studio Center.
Bandura teaches writing at Arizona State University.
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