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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 14, 2011


In May, I announced the launch of a new literary journal, Valparaiso Fiction Review, for which I am serving as a co-editor alongside Jonathan Bull. This semi-annual online magazine has been established to feature works of short fiction by new, emerging, and established authors, and it might be seen as a sister publication to Valparaiso Poetry Review. Once again, I am honored to state that Valparaiso Fiction Review, like VPR, will be published in association with Valparaiso University and its Department of English.

At the time of my announcement last spring, I presented a call for submissions to be considered for the debut issue of Valparaiso Fiction Review, which is scheduled for release in the beginning of December. I am delighted to report the response during the summer months since that message was posted has exceeded expectations, and I can offer my belief that contents in the initial issue of Valparaiso Fiction Review will be outstanding contributions to anyone's reading list of contemporary short stories. Indeed, I feel readers will also discover the premiere of VFR to be a valuable addition to the community of literary journals.

Consequently, I am pleased to note that Valparaiso Fiction Review is now reading manuscripts of short fiction for its spring issue, which is scheduled for publication in May of 2012. All pending manuscripts currently on hand will be considered for the spring issue. In addition, I invite readers of this blog to submit work for the upcoming issue, and I urge everyone to spread the word about this new venue for the publication of short stories. Guidelines for submission to Valparaiso Fiction Review are located at the following:

I also remind all that Valparaiso Fiction Review has its own address on Facebook. I invite everyone to visit the VFR Facebook page and click on the “like” icon to express support for this new literary journal:

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