Harms, Valerie

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Valerie Harms (1940-) was born in Chicago, later moved to Texas as a teen. She earned A.B. from Smith College in English in 1962; married Laurence F. Sheehan (divorced 1981), and had 2 children. In 1955 she started one of the first Elvis Presley fan clubs in west Texas. She lived in France for 3 years; co-founded a Montessori School in Connecticut. Her 1st book, Unmasking: Ten Women in Metamorphosis (1973) grew out of involvement with group of feminists in the arts. Later she co-founded Magic Circle Press, a publication company for books by women. She also edited the journal Celebration in 1973 with Anais Nin, her friend and mentor. Harms has studied and practiced Depth Psychology, Jungian analysis and Intensive Journal Method since the 1970s. Other books she's written include Stars in my Sky: Nin/ Montessori/ Skloff (1976); a biography of Elvis Presley (1977); and Inner Lover: Using Passion as a Way to Self-Empowerment (1992). Recently she's been involved in environmental science, editing the journal of the National Audobon Society, (1987- ). She also wrote the National Audobon Society Almanac of the Environment/Ecology of Everyday Life (1994). Harms organized first Women Writers Conference. She consults, gives workshops and private counseling since 1980.

From the guide to the Valerie Harms Papers MS 288., 1958-1994 (ongoing), (Sophia Smith Collection)

Publisher for Magic Circle Press; Editor; Consultant; Instructor; Therapist

From the description of Valerie Harms papers, 1958-1994 (ongoing) (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 476842084

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creatorOf Harms, Valerie. Valerie Harms papers, 1958-1994 (ongoing) Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Carpenter, George. Julia B. Merrill. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Valerie Harms Papers MS 288., 1958-1994 (ongoing) Sophia Smith Collection
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associatedWith Magic Circle Press corporateBody
associatedWith Magic Circle Press corporateBody
associatedWith Montessori, Maria, 1870-1952 person
associatedWith Nin, Anais, 1903-1977 person
associatedWith Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977 person
associatedWith Progoff, Ira person
associatedWith Smith College corporateBody
associatedWith Steloff, Frances, 1887- person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
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Publishers and publishing--United States--History--Sources
Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
Feminists--United States--Biography--Sources
Feminism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
Group relations training--History--Sources
Small presses--United States
Creative writing--Study and teaching
Feminism--History--20th century--Sources
Feminism and art--History--20th century--Sources
Women publishers--Biography--Sources
Publishers and publishing--History--Sources
Environmental protection--History--20th century--Sources
Environmental protection--United States--History--20th century--Sources
Group relations training--United States--History--Sources
Women publishers--United States--Biography--Sources
Authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
Feminism and art--United States--History--20th century--Sources


Birth 1940


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