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Poetry From Paradise Valley

Pecan Grove Press has released an anthology of poems, a sampling of works published in Valparaiso Poetry Review during its first decade, from the original 1999-2000 volume to the 2009-2010 volume.

Poetry from Paradise Valley includes a stellar roster of 50 poets. Among the contributors are a former Poet Laureate of the United States, a winner of the Griffin International Prize, two Pulitzer Prize winners, two National Book Award winners, two National Book Critics Circle winners, six finalists for the National Book Award, four finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and a few dozen recipients of other honors, such as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, etc.

Readers are encouraged to visit the Poetry from Paradise Valley page at the publisher's web site, where ordering information about the book can be found.

Best Books of Indiana 2011: Finalist. Judges' Citation: "Poetry from Paradise Valley is an excellent anthology that features world-class poetry, including the work of many artists from the Midwest, such as Jared Carter, Annie Finch, David Baker, and Allison Joseph. It’s an eclectic and always interesting collection where poems on similar themes flow into each other. It showcases the highest caliber of U. S. poetry."
—Indiana Center for the Book, Indiana State Library

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

John Balaban: "Finishing Up the Novel After Some Delay"

To mark yesterday’s publication of the Fall/Winter 2007-2008 issue (Volume IX, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review, the VPR Poem of the Week is “Finishing Up the Novel After Some Delay” by John Balaban, who is the issue’s featured poet.

This new issue also includes Evan Scott Bryson’s interview of John Balaban, as well as a pair of essays about Balaban and his work: W.D. Ehrhart’s “Words for John Balaban” and H. Palmer Hall’s “John Balaban’s Vietnamese Translations.” In addition, “Exquisite Music: John Balaban’s Path, Crooked Path, my review of Balaban’s most recent collection of poetry, appears in the issue. Furthermore, I recommend listening to a reading by John Balaban and a conversation he had with Michael Silverblatt at the Lannan Foundation website.

John Balaban is the author of five collections of poetry (including After Our War, Blue Mountain, Words for My Daughter, Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New & Selected Poems, and Path, Crooked Path), three books of translations (most recently, Cao Dao Viet Nam: Vietnamese Folk Poetry), two nonfiction books, and two volumes of fiction. His books of poetry have received various awards, including the Academy of American Poets' Lamont Prize, a National Poetry Series selection, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. A past president of the American Translators Association, he is poet in residence and a professor of English at North Carolina State University.

Next Tuesday “One Poet’s Notes” will return to highlighting an exceptional work by a poet selected from the archives of Valparaiso Poetry Review with the recommendation that readers revisit it. Please check the sidebar to view the list of poets and works that have been past “Poem of the Week” selections. Additionally, readers are reminded that VPR pages are best read with the browser font preference in which they were set, 12 pt. Times New Roman, in order to guarantee the stanza alignment and the breaks of longer lines are preserved.

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