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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, March 11, 2008

Ann Fisher-Wirth: "Sweetgum Country"

The VPR Poem of the Week is Ann Fisher-Wirth’s “Sweetgum Country,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2003 issue (Volume IV, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of two volumes of poetry, Blue Window (Archer Books, 2003) and Five Terraces (Wind Publications, 2005), as well as William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1989). A third book of poems, Carta Marina, is forthcoming in 2009 from Wings Press. Diane Lockward’s review of Blue Window appeared in the Fall/Winter 2004-2005 issue (Volume VI, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review. Fisher-Wirth has also published two chapbook collections: The Trinket Poems (Wind Publications, 2003) and Walking Wu Wei’s Scroll (Drunken Boat, 2005).

In 2004, Fisher-Wirth won the Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Salem College Center for Women Writers. She also received the Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as a poetry fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Connecticut Review, Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review. Ann Fisher-Wirth teaches poetry and environmental literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

Tuesday of each week “One Poet’s Notes” highlights 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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