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Brigit Pegeen Kelly (1951 - 2016)

Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Books by this author: Poems
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  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly taught in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her first volume of poetry, To the Place of Trumpets, was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize in 1987 and published by Yale University Press the following year. Her second book, Song, published by BOA Editions Ltd., was the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection from the Academy of American Poets. Her third book, The Orchard, also published by BOA Editions Ltd. in 2004, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her work appeared widely in journals and anthologies and she was awarded many prizes and fellowships, including a Whiting Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

    Praise for Brigit Pegeen Kelly (1951 - 2016)  'Kelly's poems are dramatic, intricate and immensely moving...Reading her, I experience the pleasures I first had in reading poems many years ago: the excitement and energy.'
    Washington Post
    'The poems [in The Orchard] vibrate with the intensity and luminosity of a daring intelligence.'
    Antioch Review
     'Song is a splendid book, a lyrical tour de force with a fierceness that many lyrics don't approach...The writing here is strikingly idiosyncratic, compelling and thought-provoking.'
    Boston Book Review
    'Brigit Pegeen Kelly has emerged as one of the most exciting North American poets.'
    Colm Tóibín, the Irish Times, 29 November 2008
      'Brigit Pegeen Kelly is one of the very best poets now writing in the United States. In fact, there is no one who is any better.'
    Stephen Dobyns

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