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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, November 25, 2008

A Note of Appreciation and Thanksgiving

Looking forward to Thanksgiving, as well as the upcoming long holiday weekend, a time devoted to giving thanks for every one of the blessings that have happened in the past year, I once again offer my gratitude to all readers of Valparaiso Poetry Review in the past twelve months who have discovered the valuable works accumulated in the journal’s pages during its nearly ten years of publication. Furthermore, I am pleased on this occasion to express my appreciation to the large number of visitors who have stopped by this site in the last year and looked through articles at the VPR blog, “One Poet’s Notes.”

As stated in a recent post (“Noting 100,000 Visits to ‘One Poet’s Notes’”), I am honored and delighted by the ever-growing readership for this blog since its initiation in 2007. Also, once more I want to convey my indebtedness to many readers for their kind messages containing complimentary comments and continually supportive statements about the content or form of both Valparaiso Poetry Review and the VPR blog.

Additionally, I am pleased to report there have been many emails over the last twelve months communicating notes of praise for the individual works by various poets and reviewers highlighted on the blog from the contents of Valparaiso Poetry Review’s archives for the past ten years. I especially would like to acknowledge again the fine contributions offered by all those authors who have had their work appear in VPR during the decade of its publication thus far.

Moreover, I wish each reader who generously decided to spend some time examining posts at “One Poet’s Notes” and browsing the pages of VPR in the last year all best wishes for an enjoyable holiday season. I hope everyone will continue to visit Valparaiso Poetry Review and the VPR blog in the future to find further literary works or blog entries with fresh material that provides interesting, informative, and perhaps insightful perspectives on writing, literature, or other arts.

With great appreciation for all the readers of Valparaiso Poetry Review and an acknowledgment that an emphatic word of gratitude is due to salute its many authors who have contributed writings over the years, I will lift a glass this holiday and suggest to everyone a hearty toast with a few words borrowed from one of our greatest poets, Walt Whitman, when he once was giving thanks:

“For health, the midday sun, the impalpable air—for life, mere life . . ..”

Happy Thanksgiving!

—Edward Byrne, Editor of Valparaiso Poetry Review

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