Killarney Clary

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Killarney Clary is an American poet who was recently awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.[1] Her first book, Who Whispered Near Me, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Clary received the Lannan Literary Award in 1992.[2]

Born in 1953 and raised in Pasadena, California, Clary began crafting her unique style of poetry at age 12. She has since been published in numerous publications including: The Boston Review, The Yale Review, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and many others. Killarney Clary has published several books of poetry:

  • Who Whispered Near Me (1989),
  • Potential Stranger (1996),
  • By Common Salt (2003).

Clary attended the University of California at Irvine, where she received degrees in studio art and poetry writing. She has taught at the University of California at Irvine and at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

In a review of Who Whispered Near Me, fellow poet Gary Young wrote, “There is no glamour here, little drama. Her subjects are prosaic, but her prose captures the internal rhythms of both memory and casual speech, and has been wrenched into a fierce lyricism. Clary’s poetry is a gymnastic of mind. We may feel submerged, lost in someone else’s thought, but her poems are maps, and Clary leads us surely through a maze we discover is nothing less than the rich pattern of a life.”

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