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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bridgit Pegeen Kelly  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: Born:1951 in Palo Alto, California

-- Bridgit Pegeen Kelly on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bridgit lives in Central Illinois and currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kelly has taught at the University of California at Irvine, Purdue University, and Warren Wilson College. She has also taught numerous writers' conferences in the United States and Ireland. She is currently 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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

To the Place of the Trumpets (Yale Series of Younger Poets)
ISBN: 0300041500

Yale University Press. 1988

The winning volume in the 1987 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is To the Place of Trumpets. As James Merrill, distinguished poet and judge of the competition, has said: "Brigit Pegeen Kelly's poems suggest a kind of folk art-their clay washed of narrative grit, serviceably turned and fancifully decorated, fired, then filled at the creative instinct's oldest well. It is a pleasure to drink form this fine local pottery."

ISBN: 1880238136

BOA Editions. 1995

Winner of the 1994 Lamont Poetry selection of The Academy of American Poets. "Kelly has a talent for coaxing out the world's ghosts and then fixing them in personal landscapes of fear and uncertainty.... Smoothed by nuances of sound and rhythm, her poems exude an ambiguous wisdom, an acceptance of the sad magic that returns us constantly to the lives we might have led."--Library Journal

The Orchard (American Poets Continuum)
ISBN: 1929918488

BOA Editions Ltd.. 2004

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.

Brigit Pegeen Kelly teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her poetry collections are Song (BOA Editions), the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the 1995 Los Angeles Times Book Award, and To the Place of Trumpets, selected by James Merrill for the 1987 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.

Poems: Song and the Orchard
ISBN: 1857549791

Carcanet Press Ltd. 2008



Fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation and the Academy of American Poets Academy.

Publications in a number of volumes of the Pushcart Prize and the Best American Poetry anthologies.

Won the Yale Younger Poets Prize.

In 2005, ''Orchard'' was a finalist for the Pulitzer.

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