Jean Valentine is the author of ten books of poems, most recently Little Boat (Wesleyan, 2007). She has received the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Shelley Memorial Prize, the Teasdale Poetry Prize, and the Maurice English Prize, as well as fellowships and awards from the NEA, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Guggenheim Foundation.