Claudia Keelan

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Claudia Keelan is an American poet, writer, and professor.


Claudia Keelan is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently "O, Heart" (Barrow Street, 2014) and a book of translations "Truth of My Songs: Poems of the Trobairitz" from Omnidawn Press in 2016. A column on poetry and practice "Ecstatic Emigre" appeared in the American Poetry Review from 2011-2014. Widely anthologized, Keelan was described by the late Robert Creeley as a poet who "keeps the faith for us all" (book cover endorsement of Utopic). She is the editor of Interim, a print and on line journal specializing in poetry, translation, belle lettres and book reviews ( She lives in Las Vegas where she is a Barrick Distinguished Scholar.


Full-Length Poetry Collections

  • O, Heart (Barrow Street, 2014)
  • Missing Her (New Issues Press, 2009)
  • The Devotion Field (Alice James Books, 2005 - Finalist, 2005 PEN Center USA Award in Poetry)
  • Utopic (Alice James Books, 2000 Beatrice Hawley Award)
  • The Secularist (University of Georgia, 1997 - Contemporary Poetry Series winner)
  • Refinery (Cleveland State University 1994 - Cleveland State University Poetry Prize winner)


Truth of My Songs: Poems of the Trobairitz," (Omnidawn, 2015).


  • Of and among there was a locus(t) (Ahsahta Press, 2003)

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2015 Barrick Distinguished Scholar
  • 2010 Creative Achievement Award
  • 2007 Jerome Shestack Award, The American Poetry Review
  • 2001 Silver Pen Award[1]
  • 2000 Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books for Utopic
  • 1993 Robert D. Richardson Best Essay award for "Revising the Parade: Against the Poetry of Witness," Denver Quarterly
  • 1997 ''The Secularist nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award
  • 1992 grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women
  • 1991 fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico
  • 1990 Jesse Stuart Award for excellence in teaching


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