Over the course of more than four decades, contemporary American poet Jean Valentine has written eleven books of stunning, spirit-inflected poetry. This collection of essays, assembled over several years by Kazim Ali and John Hoppenthaler, brings together twenty-six pieces on all stages of Valentine's career by a range of poets, scholars, and admirers. Valentine's poetry has long been valued for its dreamlike qualities, its touches of the personal and the political, and its mesmerizing phrasing. Valentine is a National Book Award winner and was named the State Poet of New York in 2008. She has taught a number of popular workshops and has been awarded a Bunting Institute Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.
Editor Kazim Ali is the author of two books of poetry, "The Far Mosque" and "The Fortieth Day"; two novels, "Quinn's Passage" and "The Disappearance of Seth"; two books of essays, "Orange Alert" and "Fasting for Ramadan"; a translation of Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri, "The Water's Footfall"; and a memoir, "Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities." He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College and has been a regular columnist for "American Poetry Review." John Hoppenthaler 's books of poetry are "Lives of Water" (2003) and "Anticipate the Coming Reservoir" (2008). For the cultural journal "Connotation Press: An Online Artifact," he edits "A Poetry Congeries" and curates the Guest Poetry Editor feature. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.
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