Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine was born in Chicago, earned her BA from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger Poets Prize for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her collection Door in the Mountain won the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. She has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 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.

Awards and Honors

National Book Award

Yale Younger Poets Prize

Maurice Prize

Teasdale Poetry Prize

Shelley Memorial Prize, Poetry Society of America

Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship