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Jean Valentine | Sat. Apr 4/21 – 7:30pm | Somers Lounge CSS

April 3, 2012



Jean Valentine Internationally known poet and National Book Award recipient Jean Valentine will read from her work on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica. 

Jean Valentine’s poems are described as “a rare pleasure: serious and graceful” by the Library Journal, and as “sustenance, warmth, and light” by the poet Franz Wright. Her eleventh book of poetry, Break the Glass, was published in 2010 by Copper Canyon Press, and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Door in the MountainNew and Collected Poems 1965 – 2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.
Ms. Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence College for over thirty years.  She said teaching is a “wonderful way to be with people, both colleagues and students.  The students are colleagues, too.”  She has been a visiting writer across the country, and has also taught at the Graduate Writing Program of New York University, Columbia University, and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.  
Valentine was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Valentine was the State Poet of New York from 2008-10 and received the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards from the NEA, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, The New York Council for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Maurice English Prize, the Teasdale Poetry Prize, and The Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Prize in 2000.


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Admission to this event is free and open to the public.  The reading is cosponsored by Spirit Lake Poetry Series and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Funding for the Spirit Lake Poetry Series is provided by the Manitou Fund, the Bookstore at Fitgers, the Arrowhead Library System, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the McKnight Foundation. ALS and ARAC receive support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.Event Poster

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