Equally masterful at poetry, fiction, and the essay, Kelly Cherry has published eleven works of poetry, eight of fiction, five of nonfiction, and two
dramatic translations. Her collection Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in Fall 2007. Some of
her works include: The Globe and the Brain: On Place in Fiction (Chapbook, 2006); History, Passion, Freedom, Death, and Hope: Prose about Poetry (2005);
In the Wink of an Eye, a novel (reissued, 2004); Welsh Table Talk: Poems (2004); We Can Still Be Friends, a novel (2003); My Life and Dr.
Joyce Brothers: A Novel in Stories (2002); Rising Venus: Poems (2002); Relativity: A Point of View: Poems (reissued, 2000); An Other Woman, a
Poem (Chapbook, 2000); The Society of Friends: Stories (1999); The Poem, an Essay (Chapbook, 1999); Augusta Played, a novel (reissued, 1998);
Death and Transfiguration: Poems (1997); Writing the World, Essays about Writing and the Writing Life (1995); Lovers and Agnostics: Poems
(reissued, 1995); God's Loud Hand: Poems (1993); The Exiled Heart, an Autobiographical Narrative (1991); and Natural Theology: Poems (1988).
Also in print are her translations of Sophocles' Antigone (1999) and Seneca's Octavia (1995). Her fiction has been represented in Best American
Short Stories, The Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Pushcart Prize Stories.
Regardless of the genre she chooses to employ, Kelly’s work is notable, according to the New York Times critic Megan Harlan, for its "observant elegiac
precision." Her teaching is likewise distinguished: she is the Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the
University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has served as Eminent Scholar at the Humanities Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville; and she was Colgate NEH
Professor of the Humanities during the spring of 2005. Kelly and her husband live on a small farm in Virginia.