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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

Thursday, November 17, 2011

National Endowment for the Arts and National Book Award Winners

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced this year’s creative writing fellowships granted to the following 40 fiction writers:
Bergstraesser, Paul
Bernard, Sean
Biss, Eula
Boggs, Belle
Chambers, Veronica
Clement, Jennifer
Czepiel, Katherine Leonard
De Robertis, Carolina
Dermont, Amber
Fisher, Karen
Haigh, Jennifer
Harper, Jean
Heathcock, Alan
Hendrickson, Paul
Holeton, Richard
Hoque, Abeer
Jones, Nalini
Jones, Tayari
Kalman, Nadia
Khakpour, Porochista
La Farge, Paul
Lancelotta, Victoria
Lychack, William
Manseau, Peter
Matson, Suzanne
McCallum-Smith, Susan
Murray, Sabina
O'Neill, Joseph
Percy, Benjamin
Percy, Jennifer
Ponce, Pedro
Ray, Shann
Sanders, Ted
Sheffield, Elisabeth
Soileau, Stephanie
Spatz, Gregory
Strickley, Sarah A.
Tel, Jonathan Vasicek
Vasicek, René Georg,
Wieland, Mitch

Last night, the National Book Award winners for fiction and poetry were announced with the following results: Jesmyn Ward won in the fiction category for her novel, Salvage the Bones, and Nikky Finney won in the poetry category for her collection of poems, Head Off & Split. The finalists in fiction were Andrew Krivak for The Sojourn, Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife, Julie Otsuka for The Buddha in the Attic, and Edith Pearlman for Binocular Vision. The finalists in poetry were Yusef Komunyakaa for The Chameleon Couch, Carl Phillips for Double Shadow, Adrienne Rich for Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010, and Bruce Smith for Devotions.

The editors of Valparaiso Fiction Review and Valparaiso Poetry Review congratulate all these deserving writers. In addition, I would like to add a personal note of appreciation to my former teacher, John Ashbery, who also received an award last night from the National Book Foundation for his lifetime achievement in poetry.

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