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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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A.E. Stallings and Kay Ryan: MacArthur Fellows

When the MacArthur Fellowships were reported this week, I was pleased to see two poets, A.E. Stallings and Kay Ryan, included among the 22 recipients. The MacArthur Fellowship supplies an award with a stipend of $500,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

The announcement provided an additional delight, since Alicia Stallings was the Valparaiso Poetry Review featured poet for the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 issue, which included a group of her poems, an interview I conducted with the poet, and an essay by Angela Taraskiewicz about the poetry of Stallings. I urge everyone to revisit the issue.

Furthermore, I invite readers to examine my book review of Kay Ryan’s The Niagara River, which appeared in February of 2007 on One Poet’s Notes.

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