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Product Details

  • Series: White Pine Press Poetry Prize (Book 15)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: White Pine Press (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935210157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935210153
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kelli Russell Agodon: Kelli Russell Agodon was born and raised in Seattle and educated at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writers Workshop where she received her MFA in creative writing. She is the author of Small Knots (2004) and Geography, winner of the 2003 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.
Her work has been appeared in literary magazines and anthologies such as the Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner, Notre Dame Review, North American Review, Image, 5 a.m, Meridian, Crab Orchard Review, Calyx, The Seattle Review, Poets Against the War edited by Sam Hamill, as well as on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor and in Keillor's second anthology, Good Poems for Hard Times (Viking Press).

Kelli is a recipient of three Washington State Artist Trust GAP grants, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Dorothy Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the William Stafford Award, the Carlin Aden Award for formal verse, a Soapstone Writer's Residency, and a grant from the Puffin Foundation for her work towards peace and as a poetry editor for the broadside series: The Making of Peace.

Currently, Kelli lives in a seaside community in the Northwest with her family. She is the co-editor of Seattle’s literary journal, Crab Creek Review. Visit her website at: www.agodon.com



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Kelli Russell Agodon is a prize-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Northwest.

Her most recent books are The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with poet Martha Silano, and Hourglass Museum, her third collection of poems from White Pine Press.

Kelli is also the author of Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize) was chosen by ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year in Poetry and was a Finalist in the Washington State Book of the Year Awards, Small Knots (2004), Geography, winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, and edited Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry with Annette Spaulding-Convy.

Kelli was born and raised in Seattle and educated at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop where she received her MFA in creative writing.

She was the editor of the literary journal, Crab Creek Review for the last six years and is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press. Currently, she lives in the Northwest with her family, where she is an avid mountain biker, paddleboarder, and hiker.

Visit her webpage at: www.agodon.com or stay in touch with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/agodon

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The voice throughout this intelligent book is witty, compassionate, wry, observant and engaging.
redsoxpoet
I highly recommend this collection for anyone who likes to curl up with poetry -- as well as any reader who is ready to ponder, think, and dream.
Midge Raymond
I read Kelli Russell Agodon's wonderful new collection, LETTERS FROM THE EMILY DICKINSON ROOM, in one sitting, while waiting for a ferry.
Elizabeth Austen

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Miller on December 11, 2010
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Rarely do I consider a book of poems a "page turner," but I couldn't put down Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room. I kept wanting to see where this poet would go next, though I really wanted to slow down and savor each poem. I laughed out loud, then grew quiet, then laughed again; here is a poet who can be funny and tragic at the same time. She's been a marvelous companion to me as I dive into my own writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By redsoxpoet on November 15, 2010
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I fell in love with the speaker of the poems in Kelli Russell Agodon's wonderful collection, Letters From The Emily Dickinson Room. The voice throughout this intelligent book is witty, compassionate, wry, observant and engaging. Agodon's beautifully structured poems address what it means to age, experience loss, entertain doubt, and search for meaning. I especially enjoyed the poems that use humor and heart to explore a relationship with God.

Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room is a poetry book you can recommend to a wide range of readers. There is so much to enjoy here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midge Raymond on November 7, 2010
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I just received Kelli Russell Agodon's new poetry collection, and while I normally take my time to savor poetry, I found that I could not put this book down. These poems, some of which were written in the Emily Dickinson room of the Sylvia Beach Hotel, are as accessible as they are beautiful. The author's use of language is breathtaking -- she wonders, in the poem "Letter to Vincent van Gogh, Who Loved Silence," whether the artist "...found a way / to lower the volume of moon hanging dead in the sky" -- and she writes on such subjects as love, death, memory in ways both intense as well as light (one of my favorites: "Journal Notes from a Consultation with a Dream Psychic"). I highly recommend this collection for anyone who likes to curl up with poetry -- as well as any reader who is ready to ponder, think, and dream.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By reader on November 5, 2010
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Since the publication of her debut collection, Small Knots, in 2004, Kelli Russell Agodon has kept us waiting six long years for this new collection. I came across the book last month while browsing through the book tent at the Dodge Poetry Festival. I picked it up, planning to check out a few poems and then, if I liked them, to later order the book from Amazon. But after sampling just a handful of poems, I was hooked, decided I'd waited long enough, and bought the book. I'm glad I did.

One of the many appealing aspects of this collection is Agodon's fanciful interest in the esoteric scientific fact, an interest that is matched by her talent for tenderly rendering human feelings and relationships. With great dexterity, the poet often brings the two together as in this definition of love: "half a heart floating over a speck of dust." Agodon also has a talent for the stunning closing line, e.g., this one from "Year of the Meteor Shower," spoken by a young husband to his new bride as they begin to land after a turbulent flight from Mexico to Seattle: "Too much city, not enough stars."

The smallest thing engages this poet's attention--the fruit fly, flowers, birds--as do the big things--the moon, meteors, and space flight. Running throughout the collection and providing its inner structure is an interest in letters--letters of the alphabet, literary letters, words, mistaken words, missing words, and wordsmiths. Emily Dickinson would be proud to find her name embedded in the title of this collection.
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