• Kelly Cherry
  • Kelly Cherry
  • Kelly Cherry
  • Kelly Cherry
  • Kelly Cherry

I am the author of twenty books of fiction (long and short), poetry, memoir, essay, and criticism. I have also published eight chapbooks and translations of two classical dramas. My fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the South and has won three PEN/Syndicated Fiction awards. My story collection The Society of Friends (which has nothing to do with the Society of Friends) received the Dictionary of Literary Biography Award for Short Fiction for the best collection published in 1999. For my poetry I received the Hanes Prize for a body of work. I write because I have ideas that can be realized only by writing. I should also mention that I love to write. And I love the thought that somewhere there may be someone who reads my work and responds to the heart of what I write.

Another book of poems will appear in 2013. I am completing a new book of stories and working on still another book of poems. After that there will be another book of stories (the third in my trilogy of short stories set in Madison, Wisconsin), a memoir, and a novel.

 
Retreats of Thought
In this book-length sonnet sequence, Kelly Cherry explores the philosophical domain, addressing classic questions, raising new ones, and sometimes doing philosophy in fourteen lines. A former... More..
Girl in a Library
Girl in a Library is an essay collection about coming of age and asserting authority as a Southern woman writer and reader of her generation, as well as review essays about diverse Southern women writers... More..
Rising Venus
Cherry, an accomplished poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and essayist, draws readers deep into women's territory in her beautifully choreographed sixth collection... More..