Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Brigit Pegeen Kelly (1951 – October 14, 2016) was an American poet and teacher.[2] Born in Palo Alto, California, Kelly grew up in southern Indiana and lived much of her adult life in central Illinois. An intensely private woman, little is known about her life.[2]

Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Palo Alto, California, USA
Died(2016-10-14)October 14, 2016
Urbana, Illinois, USA[1]
OccupationPoet, professor
Literary movementContemporary
SpouseMichael Madonick


Kelly was the winner of numerous awards and citations for her poetry, including the Yale Younger Poets award, a Whiting award, and, in 1997, was named the Lamont Poet at the Phillips Exeter Academy.

Kelly was a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as senior poetry editor of Ninth Letter.[3][4] She also taught, during different periods, at the University of California at Irvine, Purdue University, and Warren Wilson College.[2]



  • Poems: Song and The Orchard. Carcanet. 2008. ISBN 9781857549799.
  • The Orchard: Poems. Boa. 2004. ISBN 9781929918485.
  • Song: Poems. Boa. 1995. ISBN 9781880238134.
  • To the Place of Trumpets. Yale University Press. 1988. ISBN 9780300041507.


  • Iskandariya. Illustrator Briony Morrow-Cribbs. 2007.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Black Swan. Harold Kyle. 2005.
  • Mt. Angel. University of Oregon. 1983.



  1. ^ Merli, Melissa (November 6, 2016). "Ask 'Mimi'". The News-Gazette. Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Brigit Pegeen Kelly". Academy of American Poets. April 30, 2005. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "UIUC Creative Writing Program". Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Brigit Pegeen Kelly". November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.

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