Jean Valentine, the state poet for the state of New York, read a series of short insightful poems on Friday, Oct. 10, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.
Speaking softly and offering brief comments before her readings, Valentine’s appearance drew a near-capacity audience of students, faculty and community members for the first event in the 2008-09 Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing Series.
Valentine has authored 11 books of poetry, including Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, which earned her the National Book Award for poetry in 2004. Her most recent work, Little Boat, was published in 2007. She won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize for her first book, 1965’s Dream Barker, and Other Poems. Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York State Walt Whitman Citation of Merit for Poets and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council for the Arts. (Full Story Inside USD)