Kelle Groom is a poet and memoirist. Her memoir of loss and redemption, 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 JournalBest Memoir, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, Oprah.com O Magazine selection, and Oxford American Editor’s Pick. Her poetry collections are Five Kingdoms, winner of a Florida Book Award and recognized in Entertainment Weekly‘s “Best New Poetry” (Anhinga Press); Luckily, also a Florida Book Award winner (Anhinga); and Underwater City, selected for the University Press of Florida Contemporary Poetry Series, 2004. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, New York Times,Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, among others, and has been recognized in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Non-Required Reading anthologies. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Library of Congress, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, American Antiquarian Society, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Ucross Foundation, as well as a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. Groom was recently Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, where she is now on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program. Former poetry editor of The Florida Review, she is now a contributing editor. Groom is a 2014 NEA Literature Fellow in Prose.
During her time in Stonington she will be working on her fourth poetry collection: Spill.