Jane Austen poem featured in award anthology

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Congratulations to Rob Hardy, whose wonderful poem “Jane Austen’s Toes,” originally published in The Apple Valley Review, has been chosen by poet Dorianne Laux for inclusion in the Best of the Net 2008 anthology.

Also, on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m., at the Northfield Public Library in Northfield, Minnesota, Rob will be giving an illustrated talk about his travels to Jane Austen sites in England (Bath, Chawton, Winchester, Stoneleigh Abbey, and Adlestrop).

Rob Hardy 1, Rudyard Kipling 0

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We are delighted to report that AustenBlog reader Rob Hardy had a poem, “Jane Austen’s Toes,” published in The Apple Valley Review’s Fall 2007 issue. The poem (apparently inspired by a line in Carol Shields’ biography of Jane Austen) is quite lovely in our opinion and beats that Kipling fellow’s mash-poems about Jane all cold. Do check it out.