Valentine Pierce is a poet, writer, photographer and graphic designer who is very active in the New Orleans art scene. She has been writing for more than thirty years and her creative and journalistic work has been published throughout the United States. She works full-time as a graphic designer, journalist and photographer and spends most of her free time performing or creating. Her interests are varied and her hobbies include numerous handcrafts: especially embroidery, sewing, crochet, and knitting. Photo by Gus Bennett Jr.