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Geraldine Connolly’s second book of poetry, Province of Fire, was published by Iris Press in December of 1998. It is availble from Iris and elsewhere (see our Online Catalog.)

Geraldine Connolly was born in Greensburg, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1947. Many of her poems are set in Pennsylvania farming regions and mill towns. Her maternal grandparents emigrated to the new world from Poland at the turn of the century. She attended the University of Pittsburgh as a university scholar for undergraduate work and the University of Maryland where she studied American literature and received an M.A. in English. She worked on the staff of the Folger Shakespeare Library from 1971-1975 and has taught poetry workshops for the Maryland Poetry-in-the-Schools Program and at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Her chapbook, The Red Room was published in 1988 and a full length collection Food for the Winter (Purdue University Press) appeared in 1990. Now in its second printing it is still available. Booklist called it "an exemplary first book." David St. John praised Connolly's poems for their "enviable grace and poignancy." She has won many prizes for her work, including two NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, the Carolyn Kizer prize from Poetry Northwest, a Maryland Arts Council Fellowship, the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship to Breadloaf, and the National Ekphrastic Poetry Competition Prize. Her work has appeared in many magazines and journals including Poetry, Chelsea, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review and Shenandoah.

She lives with her family in Bethesda, Maryland, serves as executive editor of the literary quarterly, Poet Lore, and teaches in the Johns Hopkins Graduate Writing Program in Washington, D.C.


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