My Story

Hello, my name is Valerie A. Szarek.  I live in Louisville, Colorado, and have owned and operated Breezy Mountain Leather since 1973, where I mostly build handbags with stone-inlays.  I call them "Healings to carry" as they are supportive and strong energetically and help keep you connected to your own strength and soul.  

I am finding myself now more pulled towards words and music as these sacred containers, finding I can reach more people in a healing way through these avenues.   Spirit has handed me this gift to share.   My poetry is an invitation to go on a journey with me.  It is accessible, clear, easy to follow and understand.  We are in this walk together.  

Ginger C: "You will never forget the first time you hear Valerie A. Szarek read one of her poems"

I've been a student at The Jack Kerouac School of Disenbodied Poetics at Naropa University for 10 years, and sign up for every poetry/literary festival and workshop I can find.  I love pushing edges so my work remains fresh and experimental.  I was the poet at The International Young People's Leadership Conference.  I've performed at the Karen Chamberlain poetry festival in Carbondale, Colorado, Ziggies, Denver Poetry Festival, Telluride Lit Fest, Aspen reading series, and the Mercury Cafe Podeo.

My poem "Letters to an Unknown God" won first place this year in the National Poetry Federation contest.  (My prize $$ purchased this iPad I'm typing this on.)  My book "Signs of Life" won an EVVY award, was a finalist for the Colorado Author's League poetry book of the year, and received 5 stars from The Writer's Digest International Poetry contest.

Presence and an open heart are my most important values.  I honor all of you who choose to journey with me.  I take this honor seriously, and if you trust me and go with me, I promise you a safe return.   

"I love capturing God in my hands, weaving her into a poem, and reading it to you"

In the coming months I will be offering some writing workshops and will be starting an ongoing free-write group.  I will also be offering some power-tool making workshops, such as walking staffs.  I will also be performing and writing a lot of new work to support us in these challenging times.  

I just purchased a sound system to play a new type of music with my flutes, drums, rattles.  

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