valerie marie arvidson

writer / artist


“Reading & Writing Iconotexts: Be Hold Her: A Novel and Playing in the Third Space of Picture-embedded Fiction: Case Studies of The Art Lover and Every Day Is for the Thief.” Creative Writing Doctoral Thesis, 2019. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Supervised by Emily Perkins and Damien Wilkins.

"Why You Should Pursue Your Graduate Degree in New Zealand." Go Overseas. Blog article. Sept 2017.

"Swimming Nude.Permafrost. Hybrid/ lyric essay. Issue 39.1, Winter 2017. Print. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

"Poetry of Personal Myth: Magnetic Migratory Bird Woman." Forage. Poetry with images, Vol.1, Issue 4. January 2017. Online. (a poem version of the below short story).

"Magnetic Migratory Bird Woman." CapitalShort fiction. Summer issue #38, January/February 2017. Print (and online).

“Night-Witches” and “Cape Kidnappers’ Home for Lonely Girls.” Luna Luna. Flash fiction, October 2016.

"To The Girl in The Tunnel..." HeadlandIssue 7, August, 2016. Fiction. Online/ Amazon download.

"Fragmentary Blue.Drunken Boat (now Anomaly). Issue 19, 2014. Creative non-fiction. Online.

"Sisters." Blunderbuss Magazine2013. Fiction with photo art. Online.

"Possessions." The Seattle Review. Volume 5, Number 2, 2012. Print. Fiction and hybrid writing/prose-poetry featuring images from my MFA thesis. Published pieces include: "All-kinds-of-fur”, “Cold Spell”, “White or What the Eye Shows”, “What Home Was Like”, “The Eve of St. Agnes”, “Linnea in Furs” and “Agnes in Furs.” (Winner of the Grace Posner Kameros Prize from the University of Washington. Chosen by Andrew Feld.)

"Here, There." Anomalous Press. Issue 6, 2012. Lyric essay, with images and audio. Online. Also featured in Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology, selected by Margaret Lazarus Dean.

"Remnants." Apt (Aforementioned Productions). 2012. Fiction with images/hybrid, online: “Massachusetts, 1945”, “Massachusetts, 1935”, “Burn, Float”, and “Fawn.”

"Catacatascia." Short story, fourth runner up in the 2011 IT.A.CÀ Contest, featured in PenTales, and supported by the Italian non-profit Yoda. On display  in Bologna, IT, featuring a voice recording and illustrations for "Tourist and Migrant Festival" in May 2011. Also displayed at a PenTales event at the Institute of Public Knowledge at New York University, June 2011 . 

"Birds Have Eyes."  Hunger Mountain. First-Place Prize in the 2009 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Contest. Judged by author Robin Hemley.

Interview @ The Dartmouth (America’s Oldest College Newspaper) by Worthy Dye. “Arvidson '08 merges poetry, prose, memory in senior thesis.” May 6, 2008.

 Recognition & Awards:

Permafrost nominated my hybrid essay "Swimming Nude" (Issue 39.1, Winter 2017, Print) for a Pushcart Prize.

Awarded a Victoria Doctoral Scholarship to support my doctoral study (PhD) at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. September 2015 - September 2018.

My lyric essay "Here, There" was included in the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology (Sundress Publications)selected by author Margaret Lazarus Dean. Originally published by Anomalous Press. Winter 2014.

Winner of the Grace Posner Kameros Prize from the University of Washington for selected fiction from my MFA thesis. Publication in The Seattle Review. Chosen by Andrew Feld. Spring 2012.

Finalist for Summer Literary Series (SLS) prize in short fiction, for my story "Magdalena." With partial writing conference tuition waiver. Judged by Mary Gaitskill. April 2012.

Top ten finalist for the Tarcher/Penguin Next Top Artist fiction contest. For my manuscript titled Windows. June 2012.

Winner of the Richard J. Dunn First Year Teaching Award at the University of Washington. Spring 2011.

Awarded the Stanley Prize in English for Graduate Studies by the Dartmouth College English Department. June 2010.

Awarded the Edwin R. Perkins Literature Prize, for showing “the most promise in Greek, Latin, or English literature” at Dartmouth College. June 2008.

Nominated by the English Department at Dartmouth College for the Jonathan B. Rintels 1927 Prize for best undergraduate thesis. June 2008.