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Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website's objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state's poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Biographical Note

Brigit Pegeen Kelly


Illinois Poet's Forum


Brigit Pegeen Kelly (1951-2016) published three volumes of poetry, To the Place of Trumpets (Yale University Press), Song (BOA), and The Orchard (BOA). Among her awards and honors were fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation, and her work was featured in several Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Kelly's first volume was chosen by James Merrill as winner of the esteemed Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Kelly taught for decades in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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  • The Teacher from To The Place of Trumpets, Yale University Press, 1988
  • The Peaceable Kingdom from To The Place of Trumpets, Yale University Press, 1988
  • Young Wife's Lament from To The Place of Trumpets, Yale University Press, 1988
  • The Leaving

Brigit Pegeen Kelly's Poems

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