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TitleUSD Welcomes Nationally Acclaimed Poet
ContactDenise Ward
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New York State Poet Laureate Jean Valentine will kick-off the University of San Diego Cropper Writers Series. Valentine is the author of 11 poetry books, including Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, which won the National Book Award for poetry and Dream Barker, which received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.  She will present her poetry Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Admission is free and open to the public.

English Department Chair Mary Hotz said, “We are proud to be hosting a talent as celebrated and widely known as Jean Valentine.  Doing so only cements USD as the best place in San Diego to hear good and diverse writing by living writers.”

Valentine’s poetry is known for its intense dreamlike imagery and intimate verse.  Poet and New York State Writer’s Institute Director Donald Faulkner described Valentine as “one of our most valiant poets…[who] produces a poetry we need.”

Valentine has had an illustrious career with more than 40 years of experience in poetry and an exceptional literary teaching career at Sarah Lawrence College.  She is also the recipient of numerous other prominent literary awards, including the New York State Walt Whitman Citation of Merit for Poets awarded by the New York State Writers Institute.  Her most recent book is Little Boat, published in 2007.

The Cropper Writer series began in 2004 and has grown into one of San Diego’s premier events.  The series is hosted by the Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing, which aims to foster the appreciation and practice of writing at USD by sponsoring workshops, developing writing courses, and giving monetary awards to student writers.   

The Cropper Writer’s Series will also host poetry readings by USD English Professor Jericho Brown on Nov. 14, 2008, and Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey on April 17, 2009.  For more information on the series, go to

About The University of San Diego

The University of San Diego, a Catholic Institution of higher learning chartered in 1949. The university enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Science.


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