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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: in Beckley, West Virginia


Illinois Connection

Rooney lives in Chicago and is a senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kathleen Rooney writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation and elsewhere. A former bookseller, she teaches English and creative writing at DePaul University

She is co-editor with Eric Plattner of, René Magritte: Selected Writings and Brevity & Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories. In 2020, she was recognized added to Newcity Lit's, Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago Hall of Fame.

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 Illinois novelis, Martin Seay.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """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

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018


-- """Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey"""

-- *Starred Review, Booklist