Jean Valentine

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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 Glück, 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, United States, 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[edit]

Full-length poetry collections
Anthology publications
Anthologies edited

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ Sarah Lawrence College > News & Events: Jean Valentine, Poetry Faculty Member Since 1974, Named New York State Poet for 2008-2010 > March 13, 2008
  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.)
  3. ^ "Copper Canyon Press: Shirt In Heaven, poetry by Jean Valentine". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Copper Canyon Press: Break the Glass by Jean Valentine". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Poetry". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  6. ^ "Hawkins Stable". The New Yorker. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Harper's Magazine Poem: Forces > by Jean Valentine". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog - Legacy Catalog Retired". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Index of Fellows on Portable MacDowell - The MacDowell Colony". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  10. ^ Foundation, Lannan. "Lannan Foundation". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Vermont College of Fine Arts — Faculty". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Read By Author - Ploughshares". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  13. ^ NEA Literature Fellowships - Creative Writing Fellows


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