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Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine (born April 27, 1934) is an American poet and was the New York State Poet Laureate from 2008–2010.[1] Her poetry collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003, was awarded the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.[2]

Her most recent book, Shirt In Heaven,[3] was published in 2015 by Copper Canyon Press. Before that, Break the Glass[4] (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.[5] Her first book, Dream Barker, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 1965. She has published poems widely in literary journals and magazines, including The New Yorker,[6] and Harper's Magazine,[7] and The American Poetry Review. Valentine was one of five poets including Charles Wright, Russell Edson, James Tate and Louise Gluck, whose work Lee Upton considered critically in The Muse of Abandonment: Origin, Identity, Mastery in Five American Poets (Bucknell University Press, 1998).[8] She has held residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony,[9] Ucross, and the Lannan foundation,[10] among others.

She was born in Chicago, USA, received bachelor of arts and a master of arts degrees at Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She has taught with the Graduate Writing Program at New York University, at Columbia University, at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, and at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.[11][12] She was married to the late American historian James Chace from 1957–1968, and they have two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca.

Published works

Full-length poetry collections
Anthology publications
Anthologies edited

Awards and honors


  1. ^ > March 13, 2008Jean Valentine, Poetry Faculty Member Since 1974, Named New York State Poet for 2008-2010Sarah Lawrence College > News & Events:
  2. ^ a b c "National Book Awards – 2004". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
    (With acceptance speech by Valentine, essay by Dilruba Ahmed from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog, and other material.)
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  5. ^ "Poetry". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  6. ^ > by Jean Valentine > March 9, 2009Hawkins Stable > Poetry > The New Yorker
  7. ^ > by Jean ValentineForces Poem: Harper's Magazine
  8. ^ Library of Congress Online Catalog: Jean Valentine
  9. ^ The MacDowell Colony > Index of Fellows
  10. ^ Lannan Foundation > Past Residents
  11. ^ Vermont College of Fine Arts — Faculty
  12. ^ > by Amy Newman > Winter 2008 - 2009About Jean Valentine > Authors & Articles > Ploughshares
  13. ^ NEA Literature Fellowships - Creative Writing Fellows


  • Library of Congress Online Catalog
  • Author Website > Jean Valentine: Books/Bio
  • Author Website > Jean Valentine C.V.
  • > by Hershenson, Roberta > Nov. 28, 2004, section 14WC, p. 13A Poet in Yonkers > The New York Times
  • Academy of American Poets > Jean Valentine
  • Publishers Weekly Review of Door in the Mountain by Reed Business Information (Accessed via the Seattle Public Library and Syndetic Solutions, Inc.)
  • Weiner, Tim. "James Chace, Foreign Policy Thinker, Is Dead at 72". The New York Times (Late East Coast edition), October 11, 2004, p. B.7. (Accessed via ProQuest, Document ID 710384891)
  • Novel Guide

External links

  • Jean Valentine website
  • Video: Poetry Reading: Jean Valentine
  • > by Eve GrubinA Conversation with Jean Valentine > CrossroadsPoetry Society of America:
  • Jean Valentine Papers Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
  • Audio: Jean Valentine Reading for WNYC Radio
  • > Jan/Feb 2005 Vol. 34/No. 1 > Jean ValentineThe American Poetry Review
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