About Me

Hello! I’m Valerie, a writer and technology and social media researcher.

I’ve been chronicling the evolution of the internet since its early days, drawing on over two decades of experience in publishing, marketing, media, and communications. My career has spanned six countries, working with leading companies such as Thomson Reuters, Hachette Book Group, Informa, and most recently, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF).

I was born and raised in the iconic Harlem district of New York City. Recognized as a gifted child, I was honored with the prestigious Langston Hughes Award for Writing and selected for Columbia University’s High School Scholars Program. I have a degree in Anthropology from Hunter College and am currently pursuing an MA in Media, Ethics, and Social Change at the University of Sussex.

This website is my creative haven—a space where I share my personal perspectives and shine a light on underrepresented books, arts, and culture. Join me on this journey as we explore the rich tapestry of human experience and the ever-evolving digital landscape.


Press: Hispanic Living, USA Today
Speaking: Guest NYU Lecturer, CUNY Alumni Program
Writing: My writings have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including: The New York Resident, PapierDoll, Web Worker Daily, Aol Money

Russo, Valerie. “The Rich Historian” Regrets Only: Contemporary Poets on the Theme of Regret, edited by Martha Manno. Little Pear Press. September 1, 2006. Exclusively available at the MoMA Museum Store.

LANGUAGES: Native Spanish and English (Bilingual/Fluent), Studied (Basic) French, Italian

I am an avid curator/collector of vintage fashion and jewelry, fragrances, art, books, and love to cook, dance, travel, garden, try new things and absorb all that I can.

My love for sun, sea and surf drew me to the subtropical Eastern seaboard of the U.S., where I live with my husband, our little boy, Siamese rescue, and 50-lb+ chocolate Labradoodle, and dream about our shared futures.

@Literanista everywhere