Anne Valente /
February 28, 2018
No Girls Allowed

About The Author

Anne Valente

Anne Valente is the author of the novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, and the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics. Her second novel, Utah, is forthcoming from William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2019. Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives in upstate New York where she teaches creative writing and literature at Hamilton College.

While my work is rarely influenced directly by fairy tales, I am interested generally in the narratives we absorb and the cultural messages they convey to us, as well as the stories we tell ourselves in order to live. These two are often opposed for many of us, in finding new narratives that will better serve our lives than the stories we have always been told. In this particular piece, I wanted to re-examine a narrative I grew up with and very much loved, and what it might have been conveying to me before I knew how to deconstruct it.