Victoria is pleased to welcome to its pages Rebecca McClanahan and Valerie Greeley, whose captivating essays and exquisitely rendered illustrations light the way to joy and inspiration.
Poet and literary nonfiction writer Rebecca McClanahan is author, most recently, of The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, a book that draws upon more than one hundred years of letters and documents to weave the multigenerational tapestry of her family history. Recipient of the Pushcart Prize, among other awards and fellowships, Rebecca is also an educator—teaching in her hometown at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina; in the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; and serving as faculty for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her books on writing include Write Your Heart Out: Exploring & Expressing What Matters to You and Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively, currently in its sixth printing.
Valerie Greeley’s illustrations have graced greeting cards, calendars, and teacups from such beloved names as Royal Doulton and The Wedgwood Group. Her scenes are tucked into pages on children’s bookshelves throughout the world and bring hundreds of vibrant hues to clothing and quilts. Regardless of the medium, her work is recognizable for its soft beauty and intricate details. “Mother Nature is the very best designer,” she says, and admirers will recognize her lifelike depictions of small creatures in their natural environs. An Associate Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, Valerie is also the recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth Meek Award. She lives and works near the Staffordshire-Cheshire border in England.
Text Cynthia Reeser Constantino
See more of Valerie Greeley’s artwork and read Rebecca McClanahan’s essays in the January/February 2018 issue of Victoria, and in forthcoming issues throughout the year.