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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brigit Pegeen Kelly  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1951 in Palo Alto, California


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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''To The Place of Trumpets''''' *Yale Younger Poets Award, selected by James Merrill, 1986 '''''Song''''' *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