Kelle Groom

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Kelle Groom

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Kelle Groom’s memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl, is forthcoming from The Free Press/Simon & Schuster (June 2011). Her poetry collections are Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press, 2010) winner of a Florida Book Award, Luckily (Anhinga) winner of a 2006 Florida Book Award, and Underwater City (University Press of Florida, 2004). Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Best American Poetry 2010, among others. Selections from her memoir have recently appeared in Agni, Bloomsbury Review, Ploughshares, West Branch, and Witness, among others. Groom has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Atlantic Center for the Arts, Millay Colony, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a grant award from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs. In 2011, she will be a William Randolph Hearst Fellow at the AAS national research library. Her work received special mention in Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010 Edition) and was recognized as notable in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. She has taught writing at the University of Central Florida and is a contributing editor for The Florida Review.