Synopses & Reviews
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.
Collected essays on the work of Jean Valentine
About the Author
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.