Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, as well as a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand.
A winner of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine, she is the author of six books of poetry and nonfiction including, most recently, the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012), based on the life and work of Weldon Kees and winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize for Poetry, the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010), and the art modeling memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object (University of Arkansas Press, 2009). Her first book is Reading with Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), and her first poetry collection, Oneiromance (an epithalamion) won the 2007 Gatewood Prize from the feminist publisher Switchback Books.
Her debut novel, O, Democracy!, was published in Spring 2014 by Fifth Star Press, and her reviews and criticism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, BITCH, Coldfront, The Rumpus, Allure, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation and elsewhere. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008) and the chapbook The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).
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