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Obtaining her college degree, then joining the military changed her life. Giving her the confidence to pursue writing–which isn’t something her family sees as a conventional job. As a Black, queer woman, and military veteran, her life experiences helped shape her writing and creativity. What she’s learned about movies through film journalism has been invaluable.
Valerie is now an editor at Gizmodo/io9. Her seven years of freelance film writing experience amassed some impressive bylines for her resume, such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Collider, Conde Nast, Harper’s Bazaar, and many others.
In addition, Valerie is represented by literary agent Claire Draper at The Bent Agency with a two-book contract of action/adventure graphic novels, and has film agent, Tara Timinsky, at the Gotham Group.
Her latest creative work can be seen in Hidden Voices: LGBTQ+ Stories in the United States, a collaborative project with the New York City Department of Social Studies and Civics where she worked  with legendary comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and her company Good Trouble Comics.
Please explore my website to learn more about what I do!
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