• CWP Deborah Keenan

    Deborah Keenan


    Deborah Keenan is the author of ten collections of poetry. Her two newest books are From Tiger to Prayer, (broadcraft press 2013) a collection of writing ideas, and, So She Had the World, a collaborative chapbook of poems and paintings, created with Susan Solomon, published by Red Bird Chapbooks Press in 2014. Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems, was published by Milkweed Editions in the spring of 2007. This collection received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Her sixth, Good Heart, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2003, and is in its second printing. Her seventh, Kingdoms, was published in 2006 through the Laurel Poetry Collective, a collective she founded with 22 poets and book artists. The poem, “August//No Rain” from Kingdoms received a Pushcart Prize in 2007. Keenan is a professor in Hamline University’s Bachelor of Arts (creative writing), Master of Fine Arts in Writing, and Master of Liberal Studies programs. She also teaches at The Loft, and privately. 

    With her colleague and friend, Roseann Lloyd, she edited Looking For Home: Women Writing About Exile. This multicultural anthology won the American Book Award in 1991. She has received two Bush Foundation Fellowships for her poetry, a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction for her poetry, and a fellowship from the NEA. Deborah Keenan is married to Stephen Seidel, director of field operations for Habitat for Humanity International. She has four children, two grandchildren, Aisling and Ezra, and lives in beautiful, mysterious Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    Her other collections are: Household Wounds, New Rivers Press; One Angel Then, designed and hand printed by Gaylord Schanilec—a first project of Midnight Paper Sales Press; How We Missed Belgium, jointly written with Jim Moore, and winner of a competition for collaborative texts from Milkweed Editions; The Only Window That Counts, New Rivers Press; and Happiness, CoffeeHouse Press.

    Keenan was the Edelstein Keller Minnesota author of distinction for the University of Minnesota in the academic year, 2006-2007. In 1995, 2000, 2004, 2012, and 2013 she was named faculty of the year for teaching and service for Hamline University’s MFA Program.


  • Accomplishments


    So She Had the World
    Red Book Chapbooks

    From Tiger to Prayer
    Broadcraft Press   
    Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems
    Milkweed Editions

    How We Missed Belgium
    Milkweed Editions

    One Angel Then
    Midnight Paper Sales Press

    Coffeehouse Press
    Good Heart
    Milkweed Editions

    Household Wounds
    New Rivers Press

    The Only Window That Counts
    New Rivers Press

    Looking for Home: Women Writing About Exile
    Milkweed Editions

    Laurel Poetry Collective