Kelli Russell Agodon

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Kelli Russell Agodon
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Seattle, United States
Occupation Poet, Writer, Editor
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Pacific Lutheran University

Kelli Russell Agodon (born 1969 in Seattle) is an award-winning American poet, writer, and editor.


She was raised in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington, and Pacific Lutheran University Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in creative writing.[1] She lives in Washington State.[2] Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner,[3] North American Review, Image,[4] 5 a.m, Meridian, Calyx.[5]

She is married and lives in the Northwest.[6] She was the co-editor of the Crab Creek Review from 2009 until 2014. She is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press.[7]


Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014):

  • 2014 Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards in Poetry
  • 2014 Runner-up for the Julie Suk Prize in Poetry

Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (White Pine Press, 2010):

  • 2010 Book of the Year in Poetry from Foreword Magazine
  • Finalist for the 2010 Washington State Book Awards
  • Winner of the White Pine Press 2009 Poetry Book Prize (judged by Carl Dennis)

Geography (Floating Bridge Press, 2003):

  • 2003 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award

Other Recognition:

  • Washington State Artist Trust GAP grants
  • 2005 James Hearst Poetry Prize 3rd place [8]
  • Dorothy Rosenberg Poetry Prize
  • William Stafford Award
  • Carlin Aden Award for formal verse
  • Soapstone Writer's Residency
  • Puffin Foundation grant




  • Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, eds. (2003). "Of a Forgetful Sea". Poets against the War. Thunder's Mouth Press. ISBN 978-1-56025-539-0. 
  • Garrison Keillor, ed. (2005). Good poems for hard times. Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-03436-9. 
  • Michael A. Lacombe, Tom Hartman, eds. (2008). In Whatever Houses We May Visit: An Anthology of Poems That Have Inspired Physicians. ACP Press. ISBN 978-1-934465-06-6. 


  1. ^ "English 11 Poets / Kelli Russell Agodon". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Project Muse". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Image ◊ Journal ◊ Back Issues ◊ Issue 57". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  5. ^ [2] Archived March 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Kelli Russell Agodon". Escape Into Life. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Kelli Russell Agodon | Directory of Writers | Poets & Writers". 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  8. ^ "James Hearst Poetry Prize Winners". North American Review. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 

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