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Erin Keane's Biography

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Louisville, Kentucky
Jun 2009

Erin Keane is the author of Death-Defying Acts (WordFarm, 2010), a novel-in-verse about the circus; The Gravity Soundtrack, a full-length collection of poems (WordFarm, 2007); and a chapbook, The One-Hit Wonders (Snark Publishing, 2006), a short collection of poems about and inspired by rock & roll. 

Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Redivider, Verse Wisconsin, Minnetonka Review, The Lumberyard, MOTIF: Writing by Ear, Nimrod, Phoebe, Spoon River Poetry Review, Now & Then and Louisville Magazine.

Keane earned her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University. She teaches in the MFA program at National University, in the interdisciplinary core at Bellarmine University, community creative writing workshops, and high school writing workshops for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. She is also a full-time journalist and theater critic for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky.

A recipient of a fellowship from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, Keane's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Web awards. An avid fan of weird poems, she serves as a poetry editor for the famed speculative writing journal Strange Horizons

Erin lives upstairs in a creaky old Victorian house in Louisville, Ky., with her partner Drew and her opinionated cat, Harold Bloom. From her front porch, she can see the blinking neon palm trees of the nightclub across the street and the majestic gates of the urban pastoral cemetery where Col. Harlan Sanders is interred.


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