She was educated at American University, and Sarah Lawrence College, and received an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1983. Valerie Wohlfeld’s 1994 collection, Thinking the World Visible, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in The Antioch Review, New England Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, and elsewhere.
Wohlfeld's gifts are considerable; she will not be for long 'a fruit/indiscernible to itself'.
Elizabeth Gunderson, Booklist
Her book, winner of the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, shows why the judge, James Dickey, calls its author 'a female shaman of Eve who takes power over the natural world by naming it,' for Wohlfeld is an adept at defining such natural things as rain, spring, and the sea.
Wohlfeld has ambitious vision and a striking verbal facility to match.
Judith Hall, The Antioch Review
Wohlfeld makes the singed edges of disjunture visible, changing postmodern poetry to prayer.