Valerie Sayers


William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English

Specialty: Fiction Writing

Degrees: BA, Fordham University; MFA, Columbia University

Valerie Sayers is the author of a collection of stories, The Age of Infidelity, and six novels. Her most recent novel, The Powers, explores baseball, pacifism, and 1941 New York in parallel narratives of prose and photography. Who Do You Love and Brain Fever were both named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year, and a film, "Due East," was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. All six of her novels have been reprinted in uniform paperback editions from Northwestern University Press. Sayers’s stories, essays, and reviews have appeared widely, in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Commonweal, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Image, Witness, and Prairie Schooner, and have been cited in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays.  Her literary prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes for fiction. She has been honored with the Kaneb, Sheedy, and Joyce Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Selected Publications:

  • The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories. Slant, 2020.
  • The Powers. Northwestern University Press, 2013. Reprint, Northwestern, 2015.
  • Brain Fever. Doubleday, 1996.  Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
  • The Distance Between Us. Doubleday, 1994. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
  • Who Do You Love.  Doubleday, 1991. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
  • How I Got Him Back, or, Under the Cold Moon’s Shine. Doubleday, 1989. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
  • Due East. Garden City, Doubleday, 1987. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.


Contact Information
216 Decio Hall
(574) 631-7160

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556