A native St. Louisan, I arrived in San Francisco in 2003 and now live just a bit down the road in Burlingame, CA. I’m a member of Kelsey Street Press, long-standing publisher of innovative writing by women; and I’m a co-founder of the Bay Area Correspondence School, with whom I exchange mail art and have started a collaborative Facebook poem with the aim of reclaiming the language around the “war on women.”

My first book, a game of correspondence, was published by Black Radish Books in April 2015. Previously, with the g.e. collective, I laid out, produced, and assembled chapbooks with teams of crack bookbinders (for more on my chapbook and other books, go here!) and set up readings for local writers. 

I’m interested in the intersection of words and other media, such as visual art, music, and technology; Blade Runner-esque explorations of past relationships (with baseball references inserted, as needed); and collaborative projects related to origami flower-folding and the development of the Apollo spacesuit. I recently collaborated with Chicago-based artist Jennifer Yorke on a project based on my Flood Diary manuscript for the exhibition, Quotidiean/ Elements of the Everyday: Water, at the Celery Space gallery in Berkeley.

My work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals, such as Barrow StreetVOLT, Interim, and Letterbox (for some of my online publications, go here). I received my MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. In my daytime hours, I edit photography books and videos in San Francisco.

To get a hold of me, please send a note here: val dot witte at gmail dot com