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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, August 2, 2011

Best Books of Indiana Finalists

I am pleased to report that on August 1st the State of Indiana announced finalists for the annual “Best Books of Indiana” competition sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book, supported by the Indiana State Library, and the three finalists in the poetry category are as follows:

Poetry from Paradise Valley edited by Edward Byrne (Pecan Grove Press)
Seeded Light by Edward Byrne (Turning Point Books)
Shadows Set in Concrete by J.L. Kato (Restoration Press)

I am grateful that two of my volumes have been chosen, and I am particularly pleased Pecan Grove Press and Turning Point Books are included in the recognition. I wish to express my appreciation to the editors for both of those presses. In addition, I salute all the authors whose works were included in the anthology of poems selected from Valparaiso Poetry Review. I am also delighted to have my books named alongside J.L. Kato’s fine poetry.

A description at the government web page revealing the finalists for “Best Books of Indiana”—which are separated into four categories: Children/Young Adult, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry— declares that “the Best Books of Indiana contest was created to honor Indiana's long and illustrious literary heritage and recognize Hoosier authors.” I am elated to have my work considered.

Readers are invited to visit the “Best Books of Indiana” page of the Center for the Book at the Indiana State Library web site, which notes: “Winners in all four categories will be announced by August 31.” I also urge everyone to visit the publishers’ web pages for Poetry from Paradise Valley and Seeded Light.


Maureen said...

Congratulations. A well-deserved honor.

Karen Kovacik said...

Congratulations, Ed! I'm so happy to hear that two of your books were selected.

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell said...

Warm Congrats, Ed! Thank you for spreading the Good News!