Kathleen Rooney

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General Information

Name: Kathleen Rooney

Pen Name: None


Born: in Beckley, West Virginia

Website: http://kathleenrooney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathleen.rooney.18

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenMRooney

Tumblr: http://poemswhileyouwait.tumblr.com/

Email: The author can be emailed through the "Contact Me" page of her webpage.

Illinois Connection

Rooney lives in Chicago and is an assistant professor at DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She has been recognized as one of Newcity Lit's "Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2016." Her work includes poetry as well as both fiction and nonfiction, and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Rumpus, and the Chicago Tribune. She has also co-edited the book, René Magritte: Selected Writings and Brevity & Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories.

A senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University, she teaches, among other things, a workshop on The Writer as Urban Walker. Kathleen is married to the novelist Martin Seay.

Published Works

  • Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America, University of Arkansas Press, 2005
  • That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness, Otoliths, 2008
  • Oneiromance (An Epithalamion), Switchback Books, 2008 - written with Elisa Gabbert
  • For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs, Counterpoint, 2009
  • Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object, University of Arkansas Press, 2010
  • Robinson Alone, Gold Wake Press, 2012
  • O, Democracy!, Fifth Star Press, 2014
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, St. Martin's Press, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America

ISBN: 1557287821
Release Date: 2005-02-01

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That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness

ISBN: 098045414X
Release Date: 2008

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Oneiromance (An Epithalamion)

ISBN: 0978617231
Release Date: 2008-09-01

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For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs

ISBN: 1582435456
Release Date: 2009-12-15

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Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object

ISBN: 1557289492
Release Date: 2010-07-01

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Robinson Alone

ISBN: 0983700141
Release Date: 2012-10-23

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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel

ISBN: 1250113326
Release Date: 2017-01-17

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Literary Awards

Robinson Alone

  • Starred Review, Booklist

Live Nude Girl

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

  • National Indie Bestseller, American Booksellers Association
  • Book of the Week, People Magazine Picks
  • Starred and Boxed Reviews, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred Review, Library Journal

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Kathleen Rooney on WorldCat


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