Born in Whitecourt, Alberta, Valerie Stetson grew up in various locales around Alberta & British Columbia. At 18, she moved to Victoria. She gained a B.A. in English at the University of Victoria, and later worked as a tutor, a bookstore clerk and as a publicist for a nature sanctuary. After publishing some freelance articles in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, she became a humour columnist for the Times Colonist. She moved to Kelowna in 1999 and began writing full-time. Stetson received the Bronwen Wallace Award for "The Year I Got Impatient" in 2001. It became the title story for her first fiction collection, The Year I Got Impatient (Oolichan 2007), shortlisted for the Writers' Union of Canada 2007 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her first poetry collection is Living in Gravity (Palimpset Press, 2008).

BOOKS:

The Year I Got Impatient (Oolichan 2007) $18.95 0-88982-238-7

Living in Gravity (Palimpset Press, 2008). $18. Poetry.

[BCBW 2009] "Fiction" "Poetry"