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Communication adjunct faculty Sabrina Dalla Valle wins Kelsey Street Press Award

Sabrina Dalla Valle, adjunct professor in the Department of Communication, recently won the Kelsey Street Press Award for Best First Book. It is titled 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin), to be published in May. This is an experimental memoir about living in the Los Angeles desert organized around an attempt to integrate what we know with what we don't know. Part of this book was previously published as a chapbook by Guy Bennett of Mindmade Books under the title 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (2012).

Kelsey Street Press (Berkeley, CA) is America's longest operating independent press for female poets and experimental writers. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.

Sabrina Dalla Valle, MFA, is an experimental and academic writer. She is most interested in the poetic imagination as an aspect of phenomenological perception and integral awareness. Her academic research examines Presocratic and hermetic influences on writers from the Romantic through the Modernist periods. Her experimental writing works to reimagine missing fragments of ancient texts while respecting the perhaps greater significance they hold in their absence. She is also editor of Diaphany, a peer-reviewed journal for the publication of work that reveals an inherent symbiosis between poetic and philosophical inquiry.