First, a funny quote: "I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards" - Garth Marenghi
And the serious stuff (in the 3rd person please!): Valerie started at JAC in 2015. She has an M.A. from Carleton and 2/3 of a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She enjoys teaching classes about women and young people. She also knows that the meta approach is a bit passé, but it's consistent with the late-90s references she tends to make in class.