Valerie Lawson’s work has been published in Main Street Rag, BigCityLit, Sensations Magazine, and others. Lawson’s first book, Dog Watch, was released in 2007. Lawson won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards. Lawson co-edits Off the Coast literary journal and teaches poetry at Cobscook Community Learning Center and Sunrise Senior College at UMaine Machias with her partner, Michael Brown. In 2012, Lawson became a member of the board of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.