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Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine '56, BI '68 (1934–2020) was an American poet whose work is known for its spiritual and dream-like quality and—in the words of another Radcliffe College graduate and poet, Adrienne Rich—“is poetry of the highest order, because it lets us into spaces and meanings we couldn't approach in any other way."

Portrait of Jean Valentine
Portrait of Jean Valentine, 1967-1968. Radcliffe College Archives.

Valentine's work won numerous awards, including the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize for her first book, published in 1965. Valentine taught poetry at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and several colleges, among them Barnard College, City University of New York, Columbia University, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, Swarthmore College, and Yale University.


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