Sharon Kennedy-Nolle

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Poet Laureate of Sullivan County, New York, 2022–2024

Sharon Kennedy-Nolle received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as well as a doctoral degree in nineteenth-century American literature from the University of Iowa. She also holds MAs from both New York University and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Kennedy-Nolle is the author of the chapbook,
Black Wick: Selected Elegies (
Variant Literature Incorporated, 2021), which was a semifinalist for the 2018 Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Contest and a 2020 Chapbook Editor’s Pick by Variant Literature Press. Her full-length manuscript, Not Waving, was chosen as a 2021 finalist for the Black Lawrence Press’s St. Lawrence Book Award, a 2021 and 2022 semifinalist for the University of Wisconsin Poetry Series’ Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes, and a 2022 semifinalist for the Two Sylvias Press’s Wilder Prize and for the Brick Road Poetry Contest.

The poet laureate of Sullivan County for 2022–24, Kennedy-Nolle lives and teaches in New York. In 2023, Kennedy-Nolle received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship