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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 5, 2010

Awe in Autism: Inspiration and Encouragement Through the Arts

As many readers may have noticed in my previous post last Friday, April 2 is recognized as World Autism Awareness Day, and I observed the occasion by posting “Song for One Who Cannot Speak,” one of the poems from a sequence contained in Tidal Air, my collection of poetry published by Pecan Grove Press in 2002.

Coincidentally, on Friday a novel and exciting web site premiered. Awe in Autism, designed to increase awareness of autism while engaging readers through various forms of the arts, officially went public Friday morning after midnight. A policy statement describes the site: “Through original works of art, music, literature, poetry, photography and video, as well as many other resources, Awe in Autism seeks to provide inspiration and encouragement to those affected by autism.”

I am pleased to report that the initial appearance of Awe in Autism includes “Seeking Inklings in an Old Video,” another poem from my sequence in Tidal Air which concerns parents’ discovery and the diagnosis of autism in their child. Indeed, I was honored when Deborah French, the co-founder of Awe in Autism contacted me to request my poem for the debut of this interesting and informative new source. Therefore, I urge that all readers visit Awe in Autism to read my poem and to browse through the other fine features offered at the site.

[Readers are also reminded that Tidal Air is currently available at a special discount price of $10.00 during the month of April, National Poetry Month. Please see ordering details above and in the blog sidebar.]

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Your poem at Awe in Autism is tender and moving. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you.

(I have just sent off a note to you with a check to purchase your books. I appreciate being able to purchase the collections directly from you.)