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Robin Kemp

Author's Bio

Robin Kemp was born in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day. A former print journalist and CNN newswriter, she holds degrees in English and creative writing from Georgia State and the University of New Orleans, and is finishing her Ph.D. at Georgia State, where she teaches writing. Her poetry has appeared in New Orleans Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Texas Review, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Rites of Spring (Pecan Grove Press), Maple Leaf Rag III (Portals Press), and Letters from the World: Poems from the WOM-PO Listserv (Red Hen Press). She lives outside Atlanta until she can get closer to the water.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
This Pagan Heaven (Pecan Grove Press, 2009)
Anthologies:
Letters to the World: Poets from the WOM-PO Listserv (Red Hen Press, 2008), Maple Leaf Rag III (Portals Press, 2006), Rites of Spring: A Miscellany of Flowers (Pecan Grove Press, 1996)
Journals:
Able Muse, Chili Verde Review, Common Lives, Mesechabe, Texas Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily
Prizes:
Pushcart Prize nomination, 2009; Doctoral Teaching Assistantship, 2006-present, Georgia State University; Doctoral Research Assistantship, 2006-07, Georgia State University; Poetry Teaching Fellowship, 2002, Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences; Hambidge Teaching Fellow, 2002; West Chester Form and Narrative Poetry Conference scholarships (multiple years); Glimmer Train Poetry Open Honorable Mention, “Pelican Sonnet”; Visiting Poet & Workshop Leader, 2001, 2002, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts; Gambit Magazine, "Best Poet in New Orleans," 2000; Andrea S. Gereighty/Academy of American Poets Honorable Mention; UNO Vassar Miller Poetry Prize.

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Edmund Spenser, Marilyn Hacker, Agha Shahid Ali, Hayden Carruth, Marilyn Nelson, Tennessee Williams, Mario Vargas Llosa, Flannery O'Connor, and too many others to list.

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Listing last updated: April 26, 2012

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
G/L/B/T
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
New Orleans, LA
Raised in:
New Orleans, LA

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