Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, editor, and essayist from the Pacific Northwest.
Her most recent books are a third collection of poems, Hourglass Museum, a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and short-listed for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize honoring the best book of poems published by a small press and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice , which she co-authored with Martha Silano.
Kelli is also the author the award-winning collection of poems, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (2010) Winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize chosen by Carl Dennis, Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Prize in Poetry and a Finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was also chosen as one of the 20 best books of poetry for the GoodRead's Readers' Choice Awards.
Kelli is also the author of Small Knots (2004), Geography (2003), and co-editor of Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry.
Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, as well as on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor's and in Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times anthology.
Born and raised in Seattle, Kelli was educated at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop where she received her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
Kelli is the Cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor as well as being the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets, and a member of the Seattle7 Writers, a nonprofit group that raises awareness and money for literacy organizations in the Pacific Northwest. She was the editor of Seattle’s 30-year-old print journal, Crab Creek Review from 2008 - 2014.
She recently established The Russell Prize through Two Sylvias Press to support poets in the early stages of their career and volunteers with senior citizens hosting monthly writing workshops on both poetry and memoir at Northaven, a nonprofit resident community for senior living.
Along with being a writer & editor, she is a book cover designer as well as an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker. She lives in a sleepy seaside town a ferry ride away from Seattle.
She has a fondness for fedoras, typewriters, and vinyl records.
She loves dessert, but despises cheesecake.
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