Valerie Wetlaufer is a birth doula, teacher, editor, and poet. Born and raised in Iowa, Valerie has since lived in Vermont, Minnesota, Arizona, Paris, Florida, and Utah. Recently returned to Iowa, she is a professor at Kirkwood Community College. Valerie holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University, an MA in Teaching & a BA in French from Bennington College. In 2010, she was a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Retreat Fellow. She is the author of MYSTERIOUS ACTS BY MY PEOPLE (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), and the editor of Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women.