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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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Karen Kovacik Chosen Indiana Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) has announced selection of Karen Kovacik, whose work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, as the next Indiana State Poet Laureate. Kovacik will serve a two-year term beginning in January of 2012. Under the guidance of Lewis Ricci, the executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission, a panel of seven members, who represent state supported and private institutions of higher education, chose the Indiana State Poet Laureate.

Therefore, the VPR Poem of the Week is Karen Kovacik’s “Flooding the House,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Karen Kovacik is the author of Metropolis Burning (Cleveland State University Press, 2005), which won the 2006 Best Book of Indiana award in poetry, Beyond the Velvet Curtain (Kent State University Press, 1999), and Nixon and I (Kent State University Press, 1998). Her work also has appeared in a number of journals, such as Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, Salmagundi, and West Branch. She has received a translation Fulbright to Warsaw, Poland. Kovacik is director of creative writing and an adjunct professor of women’s studies at IUPUI.

Tuesday of each week One Poet’s Notes highlights an excellent work by a poet selected from the issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review, except when other posts with news or updates preempt the usual appearance of this item, with the recommendation that readers revisit it.

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