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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

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Valparaiso Poetry Review

On this Thanksgiving Day, I pause to offer my gratitude for all of the good fortune that has occurred in the past year, and I once again express my appreciation to each reader of Valparaiso Poetry Review who has happened upon the valuable works included in the current tenth anniversary issue of VPR, as well as the marvelous materials accumulated in the journal’s pages in the twenty-one issues throughout its decade of publication.

Additionally, I am thankful to the large number of individuals who have visited this site in the last year and examined the articles at “One Poet’s Notes,” the editor’s blog for Valparaiso Poetry Review. I am amazed and honored by the tremendous growth in readership for this blog since its initiation in 2007, as the accumulated number of visits to the pages of “One Poet’s Notes” alone approaches 300,000, with monthly statistics now averaging nearly 15,000.

I am especially thankful to the many readers over the years that have sent messages containing complimentary comments and continually constructive statements about the content or form of both Valparaiso Poetry Review and the VPR blog. Moreover, I have been struck recently by the many supportive emails and facebook notes, particularly concerning the celebration of VPR’s tenth anniversary, as readers have favorably responded to the special fall issue with words of praise and have expressed respect for the ongoing efforts at Valparaiso Poetry Review during the past decade.

Therefore, I would like to acknowledge again the fine contributions by the hundreds of authors who have had their works appear in VPR since its initial publication in 1999. I wish all those writers, as well as each reader who generously decided to spend some time considering posts at “One Poet’s Notes” or browsing the poetry and prose among the thousands of pages of Valparaiso Poetry Review, best wishes for an enjoyable holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

—Edward Byrne, Editor of Valparaiso Poetry Review


Susan Rich said...

What a lovely post of thanks. I am honored to be a Valparaiso poet two times over. Ten years as an on-line journal seems like a major marker. Happy Anniversary and may there be a few decades more - until the newest technology takes over.

Ann Hostetler said...

Dear Edward,

And my gratitude to you for creating such a beautiful journal, and a rich virtual community for poets and poetry lovers through your blog.

Marilyn Kallet said...

I'm grateful right back for your superb magazine and even more so for you as an editor. I recommend Valparaiso and you specifically to my colleagues and students around the world.

Rock on! Marilyn

Charles Fishman said...

Dear Edward,

You have created an elegant place for poets & poetry in the online universe. May the virtual sun keep shining on Valporaiso Poetry Review--& you--for many years to come.

Happy holidays!


Julie L. Moore said...

I, too, am honored to have contributed to Valparaiso Poetry Review in the past. Thank you for creating a beautiful place for poetry!

robinkemp said...

Thanks, Ed, for your vision and for the longterm care and feeding of one of the best reads on the Web. And thanks for your friendship and willingness to take a chance on my work way back when. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Henry Lawson Poems said...

Your post inspired me Ed, not to want for things we do not have but to look at what we do have and appreciate it.