Kelle Groom

Kelle Groom is a poet and memoirist. She is the author of three poetry collections: Five Kingdoms, Luckily, and Underwater City. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among others, and has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize 2010 and Best American Non-Required Reading 2007 anthologies.

She is the recipient of both a 2010 and a 2006 Florida Book Award, and grant awards from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, New Forms Florida, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Ms. Groom has been a Norma Millay Ellis Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and has been awarded residency fellowships from Atlantic Center for the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught writing at the University of Central Florida and is a contributing editor for The Florida Review.

In 2011, she will be a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, a national research library of American history, literature, and culture.

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I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl appears to be an example of the difficulty some poets have in translating poetic images into effective prose.