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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, May 5, 2009

Tony Barnstone: "Oh, Great, He Gets To Go on Vacation"

The VPR Poem of the Week is Tony Barnstone’s “Oh, Great, He Gets To Go on Vacation,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2005 issue (Volume VI, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Tony Barnstone’s collections of poetry include Sad Jazz: Sonnets, published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2005, and Impure, published by the University Press of Florida in 1999, as well as a chapbook, Naked Magic (2002), which won the Mainstreet Rag Chapbook Contest. His most recent book of poems, The Golem of Los Angeles, won the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry in 2006 and was published by Red Hen Press in 2007. He won the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry in 2008 for Tongue of War (forthcoming from BKMK Press).

Barnstone has edited and/or translated various books of Chinese poetry and prose, including Chinese Erotic Poems (Everyman Press, 2007), The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (Anchor Books, 2005), The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1996), Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry (Wesleyan University Press, 1993) and Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Selected Poems of Wang Wei (University Press of New England, 1991). He has won fellowships and poetry awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Pushcart Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, The Sow's Ear Poetry Contest, the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, the National Poetry Competition (Chester H. Jones Foundation), the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry, the Cecil Hemley Award, and the Poetry Society of America. Tony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of Creative Writing and English at Whittier College.

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