Kelly Forsythe's first book, Perennial, comes out in 2018—and includes poems she began in a Columbia classroom.

Kelly Forsythe MFA '11

English and Creative Writing

Poet Kelly Forsythe finds inspiration in historical events

Kelly Forsythe MFA ’11 considers herself an “emotional historian.” While double majoring in English and History during her undergraduate years at University of Pittsburgh, she found poetic inspiration in real-world events like the Titanic. Studying for her Poetry MFA at Columbia, she jumped into classes like The Historical Poem, excited for the chance to weave together emotional resonance and historical facts. Today, Forsythe is a publicist at poetry press Copper Canyon and teaches at the University of Maryland. Her first book, Perennial, will be published by Coffee House Press in 2018—and will include poems she began in a Columbia classroom. 

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