With the beginning of February, the seasons for a couple of my favorite sports start to take shape. In two weeks, major league baseball players will report to spring training camps in Arizona and Florida. Later this week, NASCAR’s preseason occurs in Florida with the Budweiser Shootout, which will be followed by the great race, the Daytona 500 (this year happening on Valentine’s Day, another indication spring is on its way). Each year, I welcome these early signs foreshadowing spring and eagerly anticipate the eventual end of wintry conditions, even though I realize it will take a while longer for warmer weather to arrive here in Valparaiso.
Likewise, I am pleased to note February always marks the time for announcement of contents in the upcoming spring/summer issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review, which will be released in the beginning of April after the new season officially arrives and temperatures finally moderate in Indiana. As well, I am delighted to offer a sneak preview of the cover art (above) for Volume XI, Number 2 of VPR: Still Life and Cloth, an oil painting by Thomas Kapsalis.
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Spring/Summer 2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 2): Forthcoming
Featured Poet: Brian Turner
Additional Poets: Cynthia Atkins, Nathaniel Bellows, Michael Blumentahal, Kathryn Stripling Byers, Robin Chapman, Brad Clompus, Mark DeFoe, Heather Derr-Smith, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Rebecca Dunham, R.G. Evans, Charles Fishman, Rebecca Foust, Pamela Gemin, Henrietta Goodman, William Greenway, Carolyn Guinzio, James Harms, Gwen Hart, Marilyn Kallet, Karen Kovacik, Cheryl Lachowski, Lisa Lewis, Norman Minnick, Richard Newman, Joanna Pearson, Kevin Pilkington, Thomas Reiter, Susan Rich, Richard Schiffman, Katherine Soniat, Catherine Staples, Christine Stewart-Nunez, Sally Van Doren, Bob Watts, Valerie Wohlfeld
Essay: “Lunch with Larry,” Alexander Long on Larry Levis and Philip Levine
Poets Reviewed: Marguerite Bouvard, Patricia Fargnoli, Charlotte Mandel, Kevin Pilkington, Brian Turner
Cover Art Commentary: Gregg Hertzlieb on Thomas Kapsalis
In the meantime, visitors are urged to look again at the current issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review, which also serves as a celebration of the journal’s tenth anniversary. Additionally, this seems the appropriate moment to remind readers that submissions are currently being considered for the fall issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review. Those interested are invited to examine the submission guidelines page of VPR.