Jean Valentine

Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP) in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, College of Human Sciences at Auburn University presents readings and a talk by award winning poet Jean Valentine on Oct. 21, 5 p.m., at the first floor Auditorium, Auburn University Ralph Draughon Library, located on 231 Mell Street. This event is free and open to the public.

Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP) in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, College of Human Sciences at Auburn University presents readings and a talk by award winning poet Jean Valentine on Oct. 21, 5 p.m., at the first floor Auditorium, Auburn University Ralph Draughon Library, located on 231 Mell Street. This event is free and open to the public.

Jean 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. Her 13th book of poetry is Shirt in Heaven, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2015. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 - 2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. 

Jean was the State Poet of New York for two years, starting in the spring of 2008. She received the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and has received 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. In 2014, she was given an award for exceptional accomplishment in literature 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, a multifaceted cultural institution and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.

American poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich (1929 –2012), describes Jean Valentine’s poetry: "Looking into a Jean Valentine poem is like looking into a lake: you can see your own outline, and the shapes of the upper world, reflected among rocks, underwater life, glint of lost bottles, drifted leaves…This is a poetry of the highest order, because it lets us into spaces and meanings we couldn't approach in any other way." 

For a complete listing of books by Jean Valentine, visit: http://www.jeanvalentine.com.

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I believe that this should be really interesting. I never liked writing, but it does not mean I never liked reading. I read each time I have a spare minute. But, unfortunately, I am one of those students who need help of best assignment service reviews on weekly bases. Still, I never miss out a chance to read something really interesting, especially when we are talking about award winning authors. It is not really my style, but I would like to try reading her books. You never know what can be really engaging.

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