Kelle Groom

Kelle Groom is the author of three poetry collections, Five Kingdoms (Anhinga, 2010), Luckily (Anhinga, 2006), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida, 2004). She has been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry 2010, among others. Her work has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Non-Required Reading anthologies.

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Now in paperback—“The triumph of Kelle Groom’s memoir lies in her plangent, poetic prose as she lays bare the onset of her alcoholism at age fifteen, the child she bore and gave up at nineteen, and her dead-end jobs, upset parents, blackouts, hookups, and, eventually, slow and steadfast embrace of a sober, creative life” (Elle).At the age of fifteen, Kelle Groom found that alcohol allowed her to connect with people and explore intimacy in ways she’d never been able to experience before. She began...

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I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl by Kelle Groom

Urgent and vital and exquisite and raw—a memoir of addiction and grief, forgiveness and survival, written by a poet who recovers from alcoholism only after she sees her child die of leukemia.

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Author Revealed

Q. What were your previous occupations?

A. secretary, bakery counter person, cocktail waitress, hostess, bartender, clothing store salesperson, juice bar worker, health food store clerk, English tutor, bookstore manager, ESOL instructor, adjunct instructor of English, associate director of development for non-profit arts organization, director of grants administration for non-profit serving homeless, grants & communications manager for non-profit artists' residency program

Q. What was/is your favorite job?

A. writer

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/16

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Wings of Desire, An Angel at My Table, The Lives of Others

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