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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, April 15, 2010

Announcement: VALPARAISO POETRY REVIEW Spring/Summer 2010 Issue

I am pleased to announce publication of the Spring/Summer 2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review, which includes Brian Turner as the featured poet. Readers will be fascinated by Turner’s three poems in this issue. Furthermore, I believe the interview with him, as well as a review of his new book released this month, will offer added insight into the unique and compelling perspectives evident in a significant poet’s writing, especially concerning elements of war or its aftermath for soldiers and civilians.

In addition to Turner, 36 other poets are represented in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of VPR. Some of the poets might be familiar to readers and regarded as reliable sources of fine work. Other poets in this issue might be seen as fresh voices introducing their poems to many readers for the first time. In either case, I am convinced the table of contents in this issue provides a variety of worthy pieces readers will deem rewarding.

Throughout Alexander Long’s delightful essay, “Lunch with Larry,” the author reminisces alongside Philip Levine about the personality, poetry, and places identified with Larry Levis, resulting in an account of the late poet I’m sure all will appreciate. Accompanying the review of Brian Turner’s Phantom Noise, readers will find perceptive reviews of the latest books by Marguerite Bouvard, Patricia Fargnoli, Li-Young Lee, Charlotte Mandel, and Kevin Pilkington.

I am honored that artist Thomas Kapsalis has allowed use of Still Life and Cloth, a painting from his personal collection, as the cover art for this issue, and once more I am grateful for the art commentary contributed by Gregg Hertzlieb.

Volume XI, Number 2
Spring/Summer 2010

Featured Poet: Brian Turner

Additional Poets: Cynthia Atkins, Nathaniel Bellows, Michael Blumentahal, Kathryn Stripling Byer, 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

Interview: Q & A: Brian Turner Interviewed by Edward Byrne

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

Again, I am grateful for all the ongoing support Valparaiso Poetry Review has received from contributors and readers during the past decade of publication. I invite visitors to examine the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of VPR, and I urge everyone to revisit the numerous entertaining, engaging, and enlightening works published in the previous twenty-one issues of VPR that are available through the archives section of the journal.


Jeanette Cheezum said...

Congrats to everyone!

dodz said...

nice poetry i love it. i hope there's a lot more of poetry coming..