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Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell

Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell

Writer & Painter

As a painter, PHIPPS-K has held fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, at Harvard University’s Bunting Institute, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, and the Center for the Study of World Religions. Her paintings are exhibited in museum and gallery settings, in the U.S. and abroad.

As a poet, Marilène Phipps won the Grolier prize for poetry and the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize for her collection Crossroads and Unholy Water (also a finalist for the Walt Whitman prize from the Academy of American Poets), subsequently published by SI University Press. Her poetry was published in England by Carcanet Press Ltd. and can also be read in numerous American anthologies such as The Beacon Best of 1999, as well as in literary magazines such as the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Callaloo, Ploughshares and River Styx. She is also the editor of the Jack Kerouac Collected Poems for The Library of America.

As a writer, Phipps-Kettlewell’s collection, The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti, won the 2010 Iowa Short fiction Award, published by the University of Iowa Press. Her fiction work was also selected for several anthologies, such as The Best American Short Stories 2003, and Haïti Noir: The Classics.