My son, ask for thyself another kingdom, for that which I leave is too small for thee.
Kelle Groom is a poet and memoirist. Her memoir, "I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl," will be released by Free Press/Simon & Schuster in June 2011. She is the author of three poetry collections: "Five Kingdoms" (Anhinga Press, 2010); "Luckily" (Anhinga, 2006); and "Underwater City" (University Press of Florida, 2004). Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among others, and has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize 2010 and Best American Non-Required Reading 2007 anthologies. She is the recipient of both a 2010 and a 2006 Florida Book Award (for "Five Kingdoms" and for "Luckily"), and grant awards from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, New Forms Florida, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Groom has been a Norma Millay Ellis Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and has been awarded residency fellowships from Atlantic Center for the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2011, she will be a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. She has taught writing at the University of Central Florida and is a contributing editor for The Florida Review.
- I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl: A Memoir, Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2011
- Five Kingdoms: Poems, Anhinga Press 2010
- Luckily: Poems, Anhinga Press, 2006
- Underwater City: Poems, University Press of Florida, 2004