Valerie Duff is the poetry editor for Salamander Magazine, and she has received St Botolph and Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for her poetry. She earned her masters degree in creative writing from Boston University and Trinity College, Dublin. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Harvard Review, PN Review AGNI, Zoland Poetry: an Annual of Poems, Translations and Interviews, and elsewhere; her book reviews have appeared in Salamander, Bostonia, and PN Review. Her short play The Means Which Enable Me to Work was performed in an Arlington New Plays Festival in 2004. Valerie is a freelance writer and editor for Bedford/St Martin's Press. She lives in Boston with her husband and two children.