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Kelli Russell Agodon
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Postcard from Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott from her book, Bird By Bird  (HIGHLY recommended for writers!)  ~ Kells  Want more on creativity, literary news & opportunities, and a glimpse into the literary life?   Sign up for Electronic Postcards:  an Every-So-Often Newsletter to inspire c...
Anne Lamott from her book, Bird By Bird  (HIGHLY recommended for writers!)  ~ Kells  Want more on creativity, literary news & opportunities, and a glimpse into the literary life?   Sign up for Electronic Postcard...
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This post is getting a lot of hits -- tips on submitting your manuscript.
I am finishing up reading submissions for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Contest and am amazed and impressed with how much good writing is out there. Yes, you always hear the opposite--the terrible poets and their terrible p...
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How Poetry Book Contests are like Blind Dates: How To Make a Good Impression
I am finishing up reading submissions for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Contest and am amazed and impressed with how much good writing is out there. Yes, you always hear the opposite--the terrible poets and their terrible poems. But let's just say after my...
I am finishing up reading submissions for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Contest and am amazed and impressed with how much good writing is out there. Yes, you always hear the opposite--the terrible poets and their terrible p...
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Vintage Toy Typewriter Collection
from Stephanie Eskander's blog I collect real typewriters, this seems to be the smarter move (they take up less space & are lighter!) Did you know, that an antique store owner once referred to typewriters as "anchors." He said, "They never sell, they just s...
from Stephanie Eskander's blog I collect real typewriters, this seems to be the smarter move (they take up less space & are lighter!) Did you know, that an antique store owner once referred to typewriters as "anchors." H...
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Write a Poem-a-Day Journal! Companion Journal to the Daily Poet:
Two Sylvias Press received many requests for a paper journal to use with the Daily Poet. We created this. 370 pages to write a poem-a-day. Because the journal is dated it can be used with our without The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Pract...
Two Sylvias Press received many requests for a paper journal to use with the Daily Poet. We created this. 370 pages to write a poem-a-day. Because the journal is dated it can be used with our without The Daily Poet: Day-By-Da...
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How to Map An Imaginary World (for writers)
I don't normally write books that have a physical imaginary world, mostly just in my head, but I love this idea from Melissa Taylor: Perhaps start with a map of your own yard or town , but pepper it with magic trees, secret tunnels, fairy castles, and tongu...
I don't normally write books that have a physical imaginary world, mostly just in my head, but I love this idea from Melissa Taylor: Perhaps start with a map of your own yard or town, but pepper it with magic trees, secret ...
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A New Book & Favorite Poem from Martha Silano
LADYBUG When she reaches the end Of a shoe or a table, she keeps Walking. If she needs the help of wings, Wings appear. If she lands on her back, Her hind legs find the world and turn her Over. When the wings forget to fold, They drag like a slip from a sca...
LADYBUG When she reaches the end Of a shoe or a table, she keeps Walking. If she needs the help of wings, Wings appear. If she lands on her back, Her hind legs find the world and turn her Over. When the wings for...
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I am finishing up reading submissions for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Contest and am amazed and impressed with how much good writing is out there. Yes, you always hear the opposite--the terrible poets and their terrible p...
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~ Kells  www.agodon.com www.twosylviaspress.com Want more on creativity and the literary life?   -- Subscribe by Email
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What I'm Reading: DIGEST by Gregory @Pardlo
One of my favorite poems from Digest: Written by Himself BY  GREGORY PARDLO I was born in minutes in a roadside kitchen a skillet whispering my name. I was born to rainwater and lye; I was born across the river where I was borrowed with clothespins, a harro...
One of my favorite poems from Digest: Written by Himself BY GREGORY PARDLO I was born in minutes in a roadside kitchen a skillet whispering my name. I was born to rainwater and lye; I was born across the river where ...
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Happening THIS Saturday, June 20th! Poets in the Park, Redmond, WA 11 am - 6 pm
Poets in the Park:  June 20, 2015, 11:00 am  to  6:00 pm —FREE Anderson Park, 7802 168th Ave NE, Redmond, Washington Poets from Two Sylvias Press will be reading at 4 pm.  Crab Creek Revie w readers will be at 5 pm! Join us for a free day of poetry! More th...
Poets in the Park: June 20, 2015, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm—FREE Anderson Park, 7802 168th Ave NE, Redmond, Washington Poets from Two Sylvias Press will be reading at 4 pm.  Crab Creek Revie</i>w readers will be at 5 pm! ...
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Editor. Writer. Poet
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  • Two Sylvias Press
    Co-Founder / Editor, 2010 - present
  • Poets on the Coast
    Co-Director, 2009 - present
  • Crab Creek Review
    Editor, 2008 - 2014
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Writer / Poet / Editor / Book Designer ~ Cofounder of Two Sylvias Press
Introduction

I'm a poet, writer, editor, and book cover designer from the Seattle area.

My most recent collection of poems is Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize. I'm also the coauthor of The Daily Poet:Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which I wrote with poet Martha Silano.  

My last book was Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, which was chosen by Carl Dennis for the White Press Poetry Prize, then later it went on to win ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year in Poetry and was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. I'm also the author of Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry which I edited with Annette Spaulding-Convy.

I've been writing poetry, creative nonfiction, personal essays, and some fiction since I was an undergrad at the University of Washington. I returned to school in 2004 for my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University.

I am the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women. I live in a small seaside town where I'm an avid paddleboarder and mountain biker, who loves the visual arts from photography to graphic design, in fact, I designed the tarot cards of The Poet Tarot & Guidebook for Two Sylvias Press. 

I have a fondness for fedoras, typewriters, and dessert (except for cheesecake).


Find me at:  www.agodon.com 
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Twitter: kelliagodon

Two Sylvias Press: www.twosylviaspress.com


Bragging rights
Kayaked with Orca whales. Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room: Winner for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Prize in Poetry & Finalist for the 2011 Washington State Book Awards. I have a cool cereal spoon.
Education
  • University of Washington
    BA - English, 1990 - 1992
  • Pacific Lutheran University
    MFA: Creative Writing, 2004 - 2007
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