About Kelly Cherry                


Kelly Cherry has previously published twenty-one books (novels, stories, poetry, memoir, criticism, and reviews), nine chapbooks, and two translations of classical drama. In spring 2014 the U of Wisconsin Press will publish her new collection of interlinked stories titled A Kind of Dream. Her newest full-length collection of poems, The Life and Death of Poetry, was published by L.S.U. Press in 2013 and her newest chapbook, a group of poems titled Vectors, appeared from Parallel Press in December 2012. She was the first recipient of the Hanes Poetry Prize given by the Fellowship of Southern Writers for a body of work. Other awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bradley Major Achievement (Lifetime) Award, a USIS Speaker Award (The Philippines), a Distinguished Alumnus Award, three Wisconsin Arts Board fellowships, two WAB New Work awards, the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook Award for Distinguished Book of Stories in 1999 (2000), and selection as a Wisconsin Notable Author. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the South. In 2010, she was a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2012, she received both the Taramuto Prize for a story and the Carole Weinstein Prize for Poetry. In 2013 she received the L. E. Phillabaum Award for Poetry. Former Poet Laureate of Virginia, she is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her husband live in Virginia. Further details appear on her Wikipedia page:      


Poetry Books

·         The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems, LSU Press, March 2013

·         Vectors: J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Years before the Bomb, Parallel Press, 2012

·         The Retreats of Thought: Poems. LSU Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8071-3478-8.

·         Death and Transfiguration. LSU Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0-8071-2212-9.

·         Benjamin John, March Street Press, 1993, ISBN 978-1-882983-01-8

·         Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems. LSU Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8071-3262-3.

·         Natural Theology, Louisiana State University Press, 1988, ISBN 978-0-8071-1430-8

·         Lovers and Agnostics, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1995, ISBN 9780887482083

·         An Other Woman, Somers Rocks Press, 2000

·         God's Loud Hand. LSU Press. 1993. ISBN 978-0-8071-1821-4.

·         Songs for a Soviet Composer, Singing Wind Press, 1980, ISBN 978-0-935896-02-2

·         Rising Venus. LSU Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8071-2768-1.

·         Time Out of Mind, March Street Press, 1994, ISBN 978-1-882983-08-7

·         Relativity: A Point of View, Louisiana State University Press, 1977, ISBN 978-0-8071-0277-0

·         Welsh Table Talk, The Book Arts Conservatory, 2004

















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