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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, May 13, 2010

Remembering Rane Arroyo

As many in the literary community learned during the past weekend and into the beginning of this week through a series of Internet messages and emails, Rane Arroyo died on May 7 from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 55. Arroyo published ten collections of poetry. In addition to his fine poems, he was the author of seven plays and a book of short stories.

I was pleased to initially engage in a correspondence with Arroyo about five years ago when he submitted his poetry to Valparaiso Poetry Review. Moreover, on a couple of occasions, when I had questions or criticisms about aspects of particular decisions or directions taken by the Association for Writers and Writing Programs, for which he served as a board member, Rane sent me friendly emails or informative notes through Facebook acknowledging my concerns, which he sought to allay, as well as explaining his understanding of the situations under discussion.

I had known that Rane recently received the honor of being named a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo, where he had been teaching for more than a dozen years. Indeed, Rane was to begin his appointment to the position in the upcoming fall semester, and like everyone else, I was shocked to hear over the weekend about the news of his untimely death. Furthermore, I was saddened to realize his distinctive poetic voice would be silenced.

An article containing additional details about Rane Arroyo, his life and career, now appears in the Toledo Free Press. Also, readers will find an example of his poetry, “Surviving Utah,” in the Fall/Winter 2006-2007 issue (Volume VIII, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

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