Poetry. Women's Studies. Valerie Bandura's clean, crafted, headlong-into-the-breach poems are scary in their intensity. They are full of the violence of history, and Europe, and family, and motherhood, and bodies, and fate. Reader, there is a little of hell in them, and a ferocious desire for truth, which is to say, their speaker is engaged in the brave, sometimes appalling struggle to turn into a human being. FREAK SHOW is a terrific book. Tony Hoagland
Born in the former Soviet Union, Valerie 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. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, and the Best New Poets anthology, among other publications. She teaches writing at Arizona State University.