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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

Friday, October 22, 2010

Best of the Web 2011: VPR Nominations

I am pleased to announce Valparaiso Poetry Review’s nominations for the upcoming Best of the Web 2011 anthology from Dzanc Books, the latest of its annual collections described as “representing in book form the best literary writing online magazines have to offer.” I have been privileged to report in the past that works from Valparaiso Poetry Review have been chosen to be among those published in previous editions of Best of the Web.

The editors invite up to three nominated works for submission by each online literary journal. As I have mentioned here a number of times, I maintain a high regard for every poem selected for publication in VPR, and I am reluctant to pick some pieces for honor over others. Indeed, I value all the poems and depend on all the poets in Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Yet, I welcome the admirable efforts of the editors at Dzanc Books as they bring attention to the growing number of fine works appearing in online magazines. In fact, I am confident publications like the Best of the Web anthology help raise awareness of the excellent quality existing in writings regularly witnessed among the pages of electronic literary journals. Additionally, I am pleased whenever an opportunity arises for greater recognition of the contents in issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Therefore, I have offered the editors three poems for consideration from the issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review published during this year, works that are eligible for Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2011 anthology, and I am pleased to report the following nominations:

Lisa Lewis: “A Threat in May”

Alison Pelegrin: “Bestiary of the Bayou State”

Brian Turner: “Helping Her Breathe”

I congratulate the nominated poets. At the same time, as I have on other occasions, I wish to express my appreciation to all the contributors whose works appeared in the issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review released in 2010, as well as to those hundreds of poets published in VPR during its tenure of more than eleven years. I am grateful for all the ongoing support Valparaiso Poetry Review has received from contributors and readers, and I look forward to much more splendid poetry available to readers among the pages of VPR in the future.


Frank Parker said...

Edward, I'm happy for the poets you've chosen and for the recognition of Valparaiso Poetry Review. But "Best of the Web"? My impression is this is an anthology representative of its editorial interests. Case in point, none of the excellent poets from my own online journal appear in this book, are they chopped liver? I think not! And what about avant-garde journals that proliferate across the web? Like I said, I'm happy for you but I'm really tired of being told what is the best. As usual, I'll be the judge of that and steer clear of such hyperbole.
Cheers (really, I'm a nice guy!),
Frank Parker

Tad Richards said...

Good choices. I especially like Lisa Lewis's poem. Good luck.

nolapoet said...

Ed, congratulations--and congratulations also to Alison and Brian, whose work I admire, and Lisa, whose work is new to me.

Frank, really.