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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

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Best of the Web Selections!

On this weekend before Christmas, I am pleased to see a few gifts have arrived early, as I have been notified by Nathan Leslie, the editor of Dzanc Books’ upcoming Best of the Web anthology, that two nominations from Valparaiso Poetry Review have been chosen to be included in the publication. Jared Carter’s “Prophet Township” and Frannie Lindsay’s “Walking an Old Woman into the Sea” were selected from “many hundreds of nominations from the entire spectrum of online magazines.”

As I mentioned in September when nominating poems from VPR for the anthology, I value all the poems and depend on all the poets in Valparaiso Poetry Review. Yet, I welcome the admirable efforts of the anthology’s editor to bring attention to the growing number of fine works being published in online journals. Also, I am pleased when an opportunity arises for a couple of VPR’s splendid poets to reach a larger audience and find the greater recognition they deserve through inclusion in the anthology. I congratulate Jared Carter and Frannie Lindsay on the selection of their poems for this honor.

In a related note, I am delighted to report that I have been informed my poem, “Island Fever,” which appeared earlier this year in Apple Valley Review, also has been selected to be included in the Best of the Web 2008 anthology published by Dzanc Books. News of this came as a pleasant surprise this morning since I wasn’t even aware my poem had been nominated. I thank Leah Browning, editor at Apple Valley Review, for honoring me with the nomination of my poem, and I thank Dzanc Books for recognizing my poem alongside those of Jared Carter, Frannie Lindsay, and all the other distinguished poets published online during the past year whose works they have decided to celebrate in the forthcoming Best of the Web anthology.

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