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Kelle Groom

Author's Bio

Kelle Groom's memoir, I WORE THE OCEAN IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL (Simon & Schuster), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, Oprah.com O Magazine selection, and Oxford American Editor's Pick. Her poetry collections are FIVE KINGDOMS(Anhinga Press) recipient of a Florida Book Award and recognized in Entertainment Weekly's "Best New Poetry," LUCKILY(Anhinga) also a Florida Book Award winner, and UNDERWATER CITY, selected for the University Press of Florida's Contemporary Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, New York Times, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor among others, and has been recognized in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Non-Required Reading anthologies. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Library of Congress, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, American Antiquarian Society, Ucross Foundation, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Formerly Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, Groom is now on the faculty of SNC's low-residency MFA Program. Former poetry editor of The Florida Review, she is now a contributing editor. Groom is a 2014 NEA Fellow in Prose and the Spring 2014 James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence. She is the Summer Workshops Director at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. (photo: Marion Ettlinger)

Publications and Prizes

I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (The Free Press, 2011), Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press, 2010), Luckily (Anhinga Press, 2006), Underwater City (University Press of Florida, 2004)
Agni, Agni Online, Brevity, Gettysburg Review, New Yorker, Opium Magazine, Ploughshares, Poetry, Southeast Review, Texas Observer, Witness
2014 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Prose; Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; 2010 Florida Book Award; 2006 Florida Book Award; a Library Journal Best Memoir 2011

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Listing last updated: November 2, 2016

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Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in:
Brockton, MA
Raised in:
Massachusetts, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Spain
Bill Clegg

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