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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

Monday, April 6, 2009

VPR Spring/Summer 2009 Issue: Ten Years of Publication

I am pleased to announce publication of the Spring/Summer 2009 issue (Vol. X, No. 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review. As in past years, release of the Spring/Summer issue of VPR coincides with the opening day of baseball season. In addition, the new issue available today represents the completion of ten years of publication for Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Contents include the following:
Featured Poet: Ingrid Wendt

Additional Poets: Pam Bernard, Christopher Cessac, Barbara Crooker, Christin Cuccio, Susan Elbe, Gary Fincke, Ann Fisher-Wirth, William Ford, Ellen Goldstein, Penny Harter, Norbert Krapf, Michael Meyerhofer, Kay Mullen, James Owens, Allan Peterson, Doug Ramspeck, Susan Rich, Suzanne Roberts, David Rothman, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Joanne Stangeland, Jeanine Stevens, Terese Svoboda, Alison Townsend

Poetry Collaborative: “Frequencies,” a half-crown of sonnets by Judith Barrington, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Julie Kane, Julia Lisella, D’Arcy Randall, Kathrine Varnes, Lesley Wheeler

Interview: Barbara Crooker interviews Ingrid Wendt

Essays: Edward Byrne on Robert Lowell’s Life Studies, Ingrid Wendt on “Turning to Poems”

Poets Reviewed: Gwen Hart, Norbert Krapf, Philip Metres, Susan Settlemyre Williams

Cover Art Commentary: Gregg Hertzlieb on Abraham Rattner

I am grateful for all the ongoing support Valparaiso Poetry Review has received from contributors and readers during the past decade of publication. I look forward to much more fine poetry and critical commentary in future issues that I believe readers will find entertaining, engaging, and enlightening.

In fact, I take this opportunity to also invite visitors to check the “One Poet’s Notes” sidebar for new information added today about an upcoming special 10th anniversary issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review, which will be released in October of 2009 and will begin a new decade of publication by celebrating the initial appearance of VPR with its first issue published in October of 1999.

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