Photo Credit: Paul Bacharach

Valerie Bacharach

Current City, State, Country

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Richmond, Virginia, USA


Valerie Bacharach’s writing has appeared or will appear in: Vox Populi, The Blue Mountain Review, EcoTheo Review, Minyon Magazine, One Art, The Ilanot Review, Poetica, and Northern Appalachian Review. Her chapbook Fireweed was published by Main Street Rag in 2018 and her chapbook Ghost-Mother was published by Finishing Line Press in 2021. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

Jewish holidays, the idea of God, the Talmud and the Torah, all seem to show up in my poems. I write primarily about family, but I have many questions, many wonderings about my faith, how it affects my life and how I see the world. Basic Jewish ideas, such as forgiveness and remembrance are in many of my poems.

Published Works

Ghost-Mother (chapbook; Finishing Line Press, 2021)
Fireweed (chapbook; Main Street Rag, 2018)

Links to Sample Works


Ohio University, Bachelors in Special Education
Ohio State University, Masters in Education
Carlow University, MFA

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