The Gluten Free Poet

~ a haiku a day keeps the doctor away

About Valerie

In a nutshell? I’m a consultant by day and poet by night. I’ve always loved writing, but it wasn’t until recently, when I was going through a number of storms, that I began to write with the intention of processing emotion.


As someone who struggles with anxiety, feelings have not traditionally been my forte, but words have always brought me comfort. And so I decided to harness their power by writing my way out of the labyrinth. Slowly, I started to regain a sense of clarity and intention.


There are still days - many days - when my head is clouded by an endless stream of thoughts. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to escape the noise entirely. But in the meantime, I invite you to join me in my pursuit of clear skies.


Selected Publications

Mantis Journal by Stanford University - "Embers", "finally got around to reading camus", "Imposter" and "true patriot love"

Speaking for Ourselves Anthology by Embracing Equity - "diplomatic" and "reclaiming the right to say no" 

League of Canadian Poets - "time is an ingredient"

Eastlit - “ode to the kam wah pineapple bun

Eastlit - “The Retournees” and “Understanding”; “the kids are not coming home


Vagabond Multilingual Journal - “Tribute à Barthes


Far Enough East - “Correlation is not Causation”

Denizen Magazine - “Intercontinental” and “Segregation

The Entroper - “Strangers on the MTR

Blackmail Press - "Imposter" and "Divided We Stand"


Timepiece Literary Journal -  “Adult” and “It’s Only the Middle of September

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