Profile Type: Artist
Valerie Lawson

For over 15 years, Valerie has taught classes and workshops in writing and performance, often with her partner Michael Brown. Solo or together, they are both dedicated teachers who are adept at their craft.

Workshops include: The Business of Writing, Clothesline Poems, Ekphrastic Poetry, Writing (and ReWriting) History (Poetry), Exploring Nature Poetry, Put the FUN in Reading with Kids, Singing the Bones (Poetry & Performance), Using Duotrope Submission Tracking Software, and The Craft of Writing Poetry.
Valerie has taught workshops at Duxbury Before and After Dark Program, Brockton High School, Boston Public Library, The National Poetry Slam, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and teaches regularly at the Cobscook Community Learning Center and Sunrise Senior College in Maine.

Valerie Lawson's work has been published in Main Street Rag, BigCityLit, About Place Journal, and others with work forthcoming on American Arts Quarterly's website. Lawson's first book, Dog Watch, from Ragged Sky Press, was released in 2007. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Lawson won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards and was a finalist for the 2015 Rita Dove Award and the 2013 Outermost Poetry Prize. Lawson was invited as a Legacy Poet to the first Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2007.
With her partner, Michael Brown, Lawson co-edits Off the Coast literary journal and teaches poetry at Cobscook Community Learning Center, where she is the Community Program Manager, and Senior College at the University of Maine in Machias, where she is currently studying Book Arts. Lawson served on the board of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance from 2013-2015.

Valerie Lawson is listed at Find Maine Writers (, Poets & Writers Directory of Writers online (, and on the Boston Poetry Slam website (

I Have Worked With

  • May 2015

    Presented The Business of Writing workshop

    Participated in the Small Press Fair with Off the Coast Journal

  • April 2015

    State: MA
    Date: 4/2015
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading/emcee
    Phone: 617-723-3716

  • July 2006

    State: MA
    Date: 7/2006
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Phone: 508-534-5099


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Poet, Publisher, Teacher
Mailing Address: 
ROBBINSTON, ME 04671-0014
Physical Address: 
PO Box 14 1175 US Route 1
Robbinston, ME 04671
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - Literature
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

"Female Spoken Word," "Best Narrative Poem," and as a member of "Best Poetry Troupe," (Doctor Brown's Traveling Poetry Show) Cambridge Poetry Awards, 2004Winner, Amazon Super Slam 2003Finalist: "Best Short Poem," and "Best Poetry Publication,"

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Microphone and stand with minimal sound system.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: