Ellen Kennedy

b. 1989
Ellen Kennedy
Kennedy’s debut collection, Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs (2009), was published by poet Tao Lin’s Muumuu House, a press supporting the work of other young poets such as Brandon Scott Gorrell, Noah Cicero, and Megan Boyle, whose poetry interrogates the intersection of daily life, poetic convention, and Internet presence.
 
Within a sleeve of narrative storytelling and conversational exchange, Kennedy creates prose poems that explore themes of ambivalence, sex, and longing while shuffling though the throwaway details of daily life. “On the rare occasion that she does use metaphor, she does so to call attention to their inadequacy, thereby casting the idea of the apt metaphor—so central to the way poetry has historically been understood to operate—into doubt,” noted Octopus Magazine reviewer Kathleen Rooney of Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs, who also observed that Kennedy’s pieces “resemble conceptual art at least as closely as they do poetry.”
 
Kennedy co-founded the small press ass hi books with poet Tao Lin, with whom she collaboratively wrote the online book Hikikomori, a collection of prose poem-letters. She lives in Boston and is a poetry editor for 3:AM Magazine.

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POET’S REGION U.S., New England

LIFE SPAN 1989–

Ellen Kennedy

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Kennedy’s debut collection, Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs (2009), was published by poet Tao Lin’s Muumuu House, a press supporting the work of other young poets such as Brandon Scott Gorrell, Noah Cicero, and Megan Boyle, whose poetry interrogates the intersection of daily life, poetic convention, and Internet presence.
 
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