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FIU MFA alumna Laura Valeri’s Safe in Your Head, a novel in stories, has been published by Stephen F. Austin University Press. Stories from the book have appeared in, among other journals and anthologies, Glimmer TrainWaccamawNight TrainVoices in Italian Americana. Valeri drew upon family history for the book, including stories told to her in childbood by her grandmother that “ingrained themselves so vividly in my imagination that they nagged at me from the subconscious for decades.”

Valeri’s first book, the story collection The Kind of Things Saints Do, won the Iowa/John Simmons Award and the Binghamton University/John Gardner Award. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University. Learn more about her writing and research on her website.