Kelle Groom

Groom Kelle

Kelle Groom’s poetry collections include Five Kingdoms and Luckily (both from Anhinga Press) and Underwater City, selected for the University Press of Florida Contemporary Poetry Series. Her memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster) is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir, Oprah O Magazine selection, and Oxford American Editor’s Pick. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, New York Times, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her awards include a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Prose, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant, and two Florida Book Awards. Groom was the Black Mountain Institute Fellow atUniversity of Nevada-Las Vegas and the Library of Congress and was Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, where she is now on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program. Last year, she was the James Merrill House Fellow and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow. Groom recently completed her fourth collection of poems, SPILL, and her second memoir manuscript, HOW TO CURE A FRIGHT. She is the Director of the Summer Program Workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.


    All my life stars falling on cars, the laundry
  • Mirror of the Invisible World

    The crown of a milk tooth in a curve of jaw