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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 2011; paperback 2012), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir of 2011, 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 2010) recipient of a Florida Book Award and recognized in Entertainment Weekly's "Best New Poetry," LUCKILY(Anhinga 2006) a Florida Book Award winner, and UNDERWATER CITY, selected for University Press of Florida's Contemporary Poetry Series, 2004. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2010, 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. The 2012-2013 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 a contributing editor. Spring 2014, Groom will be the James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence in Stonington, CT. (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: February 7, 2014

More Information

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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