• Bio Brief

    Valyntina is the author of the chapbooks Fever Dream/ Take Heart (Cathexis Northwest Press, 2020) and In Our Now (Finishing Line Press, 2022). Find her work in The Impossible Beast: Queer Erotic Poems, Beyond Words, Gaze, High Shelf Press, Impermanent Earth, Lana Turner, The Night Heron Barks and Wild Roof. Find her at valyntinagrenier.com or Insta @valyntinagrenier.

  • Intent

    My ecological and social concerns are global concerns. Our access to life-sustaining resources, and the ways we support each other and our natural world in a scarce environment, are global concerns. I make art that advocates for our planet and all her vulnerable mortals. Radio Ocean is ecological art, Don’t Shoot protests gun violence, Over His Eye is dedicated to racial and gender equality, and Cloud Show | Utopia is inspired by LGBTQIA pride. I am the author of two poetry chapbooks— Fever Dream/ Take Heart (Cathexis Northwest Press, 2020) and In Our Now (Finishing Line Press, 2022).

    As a poet, I have always felt the ultimate potential of a poem live, on the air, among people. I’ve been successful at maintaining a consistent and expanding body of visual art in paint, Neon, encaustic medium, and recycled or repurposed materials and having work published in print and online. I would love the space to expand the public practice of my work and to continue to engage in Q and A and perform poetry along with the presentation of visual art.

    I was born and raised in the Mojave Desert in Los Angeles County. I moved to North Hollywood and several other places around greater LA after high school. I worked in the food service industry, acted in commercials and music videos, made visual art, music, and poetry, and eventually attended Santa Monica Community College. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early aughts to continue my formal education. Graduating with a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in poetry from St. Mary's College of CA, I’m mostly self-taught as a visual artist.

    My work continues to be influenced by coastal communities. Radio Ocean, is inspired by my nostalgia for life in Los Angeles in the 90’s when the slogan “reduce reuse recycle” brought consumer impact pollution and abuse of resources into mainstream consciousness. The work repurposes detritus I might have found along the coast or littered on Sunset Boulevard.

    Our Mortal Earth (encaustic on pine, 8" x 8” 2020) contains bits of recyclable netting, an impression of an old cassette tape, and bits of stainless steel. The shape of the letter E is from a broken stencil I found littered on a side street off of Fairfax Blvd.

    Here is an excerpt from a recent interview for The Journal about my painting process:
    The acrylics all came from a desire to be free, to approach the canvas with no preconceived notion of what I was going to make [...] Thinking of our drying planet and the “single use” garbage polluting our waterways and our land I decided to allow layers of paint to dehydrate under various scraps that would usually be tossed in the garbage or recycling bin […] I peel off the scraps and repeat the process until the composition feels fairly balanced, then I go in with brushes, palate knives, pottery tools and paint markers to add depth, definition, and color.

    Man-of-War, (site-tailored assemblage, currently 8’ x 3’20” x 22” 2021) is essentially garbage suspended in air. The lightweight hanging sculpture is made of the same debris that pollutes our lands and waterways, cleaned and manipulated PPE, and recyclable and single-use materials we consumed in 2020. To push my desire to reduce and reuse further, I only purchased materials for the hanging structure and paint, some with Culture Hustle’s light-emitting pigments, so certain elements glow in the dark. I’d like to expand the work by including debris that shores up along our waterways and Neon light.

    In Our Now (Neon and mixed media on reverse exposed cradled Masonite with a 6’1” black on/off electrical cord 24” x 16” x 3” 2021) is a collaboration with Joseph Mark Hanson This piece will appear as the cover art for my forthcoming book In Our Now (Finishing Line Press 2022). We have a second piece in argon nearly finished.

    I have a few dozen unshown pieces from my other series and several dozen abstract paintings and unframed mixed media works on paper (2018-2021).

  • CV

    EDUCATION
    Saint Mary's College of California, MFA, Poetry, 2008.
    University of California, Berkeley, BA, 2006.
    Santa Monica Community College, 2000 - 03.

    CHAPBOOKS
    In Our Now, Finishing Line Press, 2022.
    Fever Dream / Take Heart, Cathexis Northwest Press, 2020.

    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    RAINBOW ROOM, Hotel McCoy, Tucson, AZ, 2019 - present.
    PRIDE POP-UP, Tiny Town Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2017.
    VALYNTINA GRENIER, G Gallery Houston, TX, 2017.
    GIVE LOVE, Café Passé, Tucson, AZ, 2015.
    ANOTHER SUNNY DAY IN THE DESERT 2, Bentley’s, Tucson, AZ, 2014.
    CLOUDSHOW / UTOPIA, Bentley's, Tucson, AZ, 2013.
    EKPHRASIS, Bentley’s, Tucson, AZ, 2012.
    PERSON CIRCUS, Café Passé, Tucson, AZ, 2011.
    AUTOPOIESIS 1-3, Lanesplitter, Oakland CA, 2008, 2007, 2006.

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
    HAPPENSTANCE, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA, 2021.
    INTERSECTIONS OF (-ISMS), Live on Central, Phoenix, AZ, 2016.
    ARTELPHX, The Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, 2014.
    SideQuest Gallery, Oakland, Ca, 2014
    FemArts: ART INSTALLATIONS BY WOMEN ARTISTS, Tucson, AZ, 2014.
    THE SUNSET ROOM, Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA, 2013.
    BE MINE, Collaborations between Writers and Artists, University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, AZ, 2012.
    WOOD METAL INK PAPER, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ, 2011.

    ANTHOLOGIES
    The Impossible Beast: Poems of Queer Eroticism, Damaged Goods Press, Columbus, GA, 2020.
    The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide, University of Arizona Press, 2016.
    Squaw Valley Poetry Anthology, 2005.
    Poetry Should Run for Office, Poetry for the People Press, 2004.

    BOOK COVERS
    In Our Now, Valyntina Grenier, Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY, 2022.
    Fever Dream / Take Heart, Valyntina Grenier, Cathexis Northwest Press, 2020.
    The History Worker, Jenny Drai, Black Lawrence Press, NY, 2017.
    Wine Dark, Jenny Drai, Black Lawrence Press, NY, 2016.
    at the intersection of 3, Jill Darling, Hannah Ensor, and Laura Wetherington, Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, IL, 2014.
    Thunderbird, Jane Miller, Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, WA, 2013.

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
    The Night Heron Barks
    The Journal 44.4
    Global Poemic, 2020
    Lana Turner, Issue 12
    Sunspot Literary Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1; Vol. 2, Issue 1; Vol. 2, Issue 2
    Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Issues 6, 16
    High Shelf Press, Issues XVII, XVI, XIV, XXII, XXIX
    Wild Roof Journal, Issues 4, 9
    Cathexis Northwest Press, June, 2020; February, 2019
    The Wardrobe’s “Best Dressed,” Sundress Publications, 2020
    Not Your Mother's Breast Milk, Pride Month, 2019
    “Ellsworth Kelly Ekphrasis,” Bat City Review, 2018
    Tulane Review, Winter 2018
    Arroyo Chico, Issues 17, 29

    SELECTED READINGS AND PRESENTATIONS
    [Canceled due to COVID] Wolfman Bookstore, Oakland, CA, 2020 and Cathexis Northwest Press Women’s History Month Event, Portland, OR, 2020.
    Book Soup, West Hollywood, CA, 2020.
    Read Local Book Fest, Bookmans, Phoenix, AZ, 2020.
    G Gallery, Artist Talk, Q&A and Poetry, G Gallery, Houston, TX, 20117.
    Trick House Live, Casa Libre, Tucson, AZ, 2012.
    Studio One Reading Series, Oakland, CA, 2009.
    Bay Area Poetry Marathon, The Lab, San Francisco CA, 2009.
    Back Room Live, Curator/ MC, McNally's Irish Pub, Oakland, CA, 2006-2008.
    Poetry After the Storm, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2005.
    Vagina Monologues, Director/ Producer/ Performer, Santa Monica Community College, CA, 2003.

    PRESS/ REVIEWS
    Podcast # 9, Wild Roof Journal, 2021.
    Beyond Limerence: Valyntina Grenier’s Fever Dream / Take Heart, Laurie Saurborn, The Night Heron Barks, 2020.
    Book Review: Fever Dream / Take Heart by Valyntina Grenier, Laine Cunningham, Writers Resource, 2020.
    C*nt Contest: Editors Prize, Laine Cunningham, Sunspot Journal Vol. 1, Is. 2
    Color My World, Marene Gustin, Out Smart Magazine, 2017
    Ten Things to Do in Houston, Susie Tommaney, Houston Press, 2017.
    Inspired by Politics, Social Justice, and Elections, Lynn Trimble, Phoenix New Times, 2016.
    ARTELPHX 2015 The Clarendon Hotel, Melissa Fossum, Phoenix New Times.
    ARTELPHX Returns to The Clarendon Hotel, Lynn Trimble, Phoenix New Times, 2015.
    ARTELPHX at The Clarendon Hotel, Evie Carpenter, Phoenix New Times, 2021.

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