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House of McQueen
Valerie Wallace

Publication date: March 6, 2018


Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry

Four Way
2018 • 68 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-945588-11-2



Selected by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize, these richly textured poems are inspired by Alexander McQueen

Winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize as selected by Vievee Francis, Valerie Wallace’s House of McQueen is a fascinating, glittering debut by an assured new voice. Inhabiting the life and work of Alexander McQueen, Wallace builds a fantastical world using both original language and excerpts drawn from interviews, supermodels, Shakespeare, Poe, and more. At turns fierce and vulnerable, precise and decadent, here is a collection that leaps from runway to fairytale to street with wild, brilliant grace.

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“…Wallace’s broadly imaginative use of language moves from airy and silken to richly textured, dense as damask….” —Vievee Francis, 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry judge



VALERIE WALLACE is also the author of the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping (2011). Margaret Atwood chose her work for the 2012 Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the Associate Director of Communications for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago.



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