Award-Winning Journalist
Valarie Watersun’s ten year career as a reporter led to feature and
cover stories appearing in periodicals such as Nelson County Times,
Charlottesville/Albemarle Observer, Albemarle Magazine, Inside UVA,
Emory & Henry Alumni Magazine and Virginia Review. Her book review
column appears regularly in The Wishing Well magazine.

Journalism awards have included three
Virginia Press Association awards.  

Award-Winning Author
First published as a child, with a short poem in a children’s magazine,
Watersun has enjoyed a life devoted to the written word. Most
recently, her fiction has appeared in Sinister Wisdom and Candor. Her
story, "Jane Bishop’s Eyes" appeared recently in
All in the Seasoning,
an anthology by Bywater Books. Another recent collection,
The Blue
Ridge Antholog
y by Cedar Creek Publishing, offers two of her award-
winning works.

Watersun has won fiction honors from Writer's Digest, Muse Magazine,
Writers in Virginia, The Virginia Writing Club, Piedmont Writing
Institute and Writers of the Future.

Watersun’s poem, "Womanwalk", recently won first place in the Virginia
Writing Club (VWC), Charlottesville, and third place in the VWC state
competition. Other poems have appeared in Lynchburg Magazine, The
Wishing Well, Muse Magazine, Witness to the Bizarre, Worlds of
Surrealism, and Emerald Isle.

Watersun’s first novel, The Quality of Blue, was released July of 2004
and can be found at and Barnes and Noble.

Watersun’s play, Truman’s Word, premiered March, 1993. Produced by
the Women’s History Project, it was directed by Maxine Fox, noted
Broadway producer who produced several award-winning plays, including
Grease and Over There.

Writing Advocate
In tandem with the Writers in Virginia Program, Watersun works with
area youth, teaching journalism and creative writing. She also taught
under the Nelson County Summer Enrichment Program for many years
and served five years as a judge in the Piedmont Area Reading
Council's Young Authors Program.

Editor / Proofreader / Systems Manager
As an editor, Watersun has served with the Small Press Writers and
Artists Organization, VaNOW, Byrd Newspapers, County of Nelson,
Virginia and Carden Jennings Publishing. She currently edits for
Hampton Roads Publishing.

Watersun has edited the fiction anthology
All Aboard, released by AE
Press, California, the memoir,
Pieces of Pie: Surviving Love, by Pie
Dumas, released by Skye’s the Limit Publications, Virginia and Excuse
Me, Your God Is Waiting by Michelle Prosser,
released by Hampton
Roads Publishing.

Watersun is the Editorial Systems Coordinator for Clinical Chemistry,
a scientific journal. Her duties include managing and editing manuscript
submission software and maintaining hardware capabilities.
Publishing History

Non-Fiction Periodicals
Albemarle Magazine, 2 issues
Business Quarterly
Charlottesville/Albemarle Observer, 2 issues
Charlottesville Albemarle Auto Review
Charlottesville Home, 3 issues
Charlottesville Kids
Emory & Henry Alumni Magazine
Genre Press Digest
Inside UVA
Juggler’s World
Nelson County Times,  7 years
Observer Christmas Guide
Observer Magazine, 7 issues, 6 covers
Our Town: A Charlottesville Guide
Scene Magazine, 2 issues
The Observer: Charlottesville Seniors
The Observer: Health and Fitness Magazine
The Observer: House and Home Magazine
Virginia Review
Writers Info

Non-Fiction Books:
Albemarle Magazine, proofreader, 3 years
Roaming Apple Feast, editor
The Retrospect, editor
Pieces of Pie: Surviving Love, editor
Excuse Me, Your God Is Waiting, editor
2009 Blue Ridge Anthology, fiction editor

CHOICES, Virginia National Organization for Women, editor
First Contact News, editor
Nelson County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, editor
Small Press Writers and Artist Organization Newsletter, editor
Wishing Well Magazine, book reviewer

Fiction Publications
Artemesia’s Magick
Lynchburg Magazine
Mythic Circle
Spidereyes Magazine, 2 issues
The Rhetorician, 2 issues
The Spirit of Rockfish
Witness to the Bizarre
Worlds of Surrealism
Sinister Wisdom

Truman’s Word, premiered locally March 1993

Fiction Books:
All Aboard, AE Press, Concord, CA, editor
The Way of Kinship
The Quality of Blue
All in the Seasoning
The Blue Ridge Anthology

Housewife Writers Forum
Piedmont Writers Institute
Small Press Writers and Artist Organization
The Virginia Writers Club, 3 awards
Virginia Press Association Award, 3 awards
Writer’s Digest, 3 awards
Writers of the Future, 2 awards
Writers in Virginia, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Valarie Massie Watersun
Valarie Watersun                                  
Valarie Watersun
Photo by Mike Pugh