Kathleen Hellen

2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216

Author's Bio

Born in Tokyo, half Japanese, Kathleen Hellen is the author is the author of The Only Country was the Color of My Skin (2018), the award-winning collection Umberto’s Night, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net, and featured on Poetry Daily, her poems have been awarded the Washington Writers' Poetry Prize, the Thomas Merton poetry prize and prizes from the H.O.W. Journal and Washington Square Review. She has won grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. Hellen’s poems have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, North American Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Seattle Review, the Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Subtropics, Witness, and elsewhere. Hellen served as senior poetry editor for the Baltimore Review and on the editorial board of Washington Writers’ Publishing House. For more on Kathleen visit https://www.kathleenhellen.com/

Publications and Prizes

The Only Country Was the Color of My Skin
(Saddle Road Press, 2018)
, Umberto's Night
(Washington Writers' Publishing House, 2012)
2 Bridges Review, 2River View, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, A-Minor Magazine, , Adanna, Alpha Beat Soup, American Letters & Commentary, Anderbo.com, Anomalous Press, Anti-, Apalachee Review, Appalachian Heritage, Artemis, Artful Mind, Ascent, Asia Literary Review, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, Barrow Street, Barzakh, Beauty for Ashes Poetry Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, Big Muddy, Blue Collar Review, Blue Unicorn, Bodega, Briar Cliff Review, Brilliant Corners, Caesura, Caliban, Calliope, Canary, Chiron Review, Cicada, Cider Press Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Clockhouse, Cold Mountain Review, Collateral, Common Ground Review, Confluence, Conte, Cortland Review, Crab Creek Review, Diode, DMQ Review, Earth's Daughters, Eclipse, English Journal, Evergreen Review, Failbetter.com, Four Way Review, Frogpond, Gargoyle Magazine, Green Hills Literary Lantern, H.O.W. Journal, Hobart, Hollins Critic, I-70 Review, Illuminations, In Posse Review, Iris, James Dickey Review, Japanophile, JMWW, Juked, Kartika Review, Kestrel, Kettle Blue Review, Lake Effect, Lantern Review, Leveler, MacGuffin, Main Street Rag, Massachusetts Review, Memoir Journal, Mythium, Natural Bridge, Nebo, Negative Capability, Nerve Cowboy, New Letters, New Madrid, Nimrod, North American Review, Northwest Literary Forum, Now & Then, Now Culture, Off the Coast, Oyster Boy Review, Pacific Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pank, Passager, Pebble Lake Review, Pegasus, phati'tude Literary Magazine, Piedmont Literary Review, Platte Valley Review, Poemeleon, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Poetry Northwest, Point Judith Light, Portland Review, Potomac Review, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Quantum Tao, Quiddity, Rattapallax, Redactions, Rhino Magazine, Roanoke Review, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Sakura Review, Salamander, San Pedro River Review, Seattle Review, Sewanee Review, Silk Road, Slipstream, Sliver of Stone, SmokeLong Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, Southwest Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Spillway Magazine, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stand, Storyscape, Subtropics, Swink, Switched-On Gutenberg, Tampa Review Online, Tar River Poetry, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, THAT Literary Review, Boiler Journal, The Broome Review, Chattahoochee Review, Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, The Drunken Boat, Ekphrastic Review, The Evansville Review, Ilanot Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Louisville Review, The Potomac Journal, South Carolina Review, Two Review, Vallum, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verve, Visions International, Waccamaw, Washington Square Review, Waxwing, Witness, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, World Literature Today, Yellow Medicine Review, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought, Yemassee, you are here: the journal of creative geography
(Finishing Line Press, 2014)
, The Girl Who Loved Mothra
(Finishing Line Press, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
2012 The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, Washington Writers’ Publishing House; 2011 The H.O.W. Journal Poetry Prize; 2007 Recipient Baltimore Arts & Humanities Grant, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts; 2007 Washington Square Review Poetry Prize; 2005 The Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred; 2003 Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council; 1996 and 1994 The James Still Poetry Award; 2012 Finalist Quartet Series, Toadlily Press; 2011 Finalist Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry, The Broome Review and Split Oak Press; 2009 Finalist Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series; 2009 Finalist Best of the Net; 2007 Finalist the Marlboro Prize for Poetry, Marlboro Review; 2007 Finalist Autumn House Book Award; 2006 Finalist Kore Press First Book Award; 2006 Finalist Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest; 2006 Finalist Many Mountains Moving Flash Fiction Contest; 2003 Finalist Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nimrod/Hardman Awards; 2007 Semi-finalist Nimrod/Hardman Awards.

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Last updated: Jan 15, 2019