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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brigit Pegeen Kelly  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1951 in Palo Alto, California

Died: October 14, 2016 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

-- Brigit Pegeen Kelly on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Kelly lived in Central Illinois and taught in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brigit Pegeen Kelly taught at the University of California at Irvine, Purdue University, and Warren Wilson College. She also taught numerous writers' conferences in the United States and Ireland. She was a professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 2002 the University of Illinois awarded her both humanities and campus-wide awards for excellence in teaching.In 2005 Orchard was a finalist for the Pulitzer.


To The Place of Trumpets

-- Yale Younger Poets Award, selected by James Merrill, 1986


-- Lamont Poetry Selection, American Academy of American Poets, 1994

The Orchard

-- Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, 2005
-- Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry, 2005
-- Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 2005 '''Other Awards and Honors'''
-- Discovery/The Nation Poetry Prize, 1986
-- Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, 1995
-- Whiting Award, 1996
-- Witter Bynner Poetry Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1999
-- National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 2005
-- Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2006
-- Fellowship, Academy of American Poets, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 9781857549799. OCLC Number: 181069502

Carcanet,. .

Song :
ISBN: 1880238136. OCLC Number: 32211076

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The orchard :
ISBN: 1929918488. OCLC Number: 54111507

BOA Editions, Ltd,. .

Richly allusive, the poems in Brigit Pegeen Kelly's "The Orchard "evoke elements of myth in distinctive aural and rhythmic patterns. Her poetic strength lies in her ability to cast poems as modern myths and allegories. Propelled by patterned repetitions and lush cadences, the poems move the reader through a landscape where waking and dream consciousness fuse.

To the place of trumpets /
ISBN: 0300041519. OCLC Number: 16832369

Yale University Press,. .