Jean Valentine was the State Poet of New York from 2008-2010. She won
the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965.
Her eleventh book of poetry is Break the Glass from Copper Canyon Press. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. She was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets in 2010, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2011.Valentine 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, The Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Prize, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award 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, among many other places.