Cropper Writers Series: Poet Jean Valentine
Date and Time
Friday, October 10, 2008 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
"For me, Jean Valentine's poems, like dam walls, seem to have been shaped by the enormous, unseen pressure of what lies behind them.” —Lynn Emanuel
Jean Valentine is the author of Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965–2003 for which she won the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the current state poet of New York (2008–2010).Her tenth and most recent book of poetry is Little Boat (Wesleyan, 2007).She won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Valentine has received a Guggenheim Fellowship awards from the NEA, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Graduate Writing Program of New York University, Columbia University, and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, among many other places.
Jean Valentine speaks as the first in the Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers series for 2008-2009. The series was inaugurated in the fall of 2004 and is sponsored by the Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing.