University of Iowa

Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, as well as a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches at DePaul University, and her most recent books include the national best-seller, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin’s Press 2017 / Picador 2018) and The Listening Room: A Novel of Georgette and Loulou Magritte (Spork Press, 2018). Her newest novel, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, based on a true story of World War I, is coming out from Penguin in fall of 2020. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Poetry Foundation website, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago TribuneThe Paris Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay. 

Instructor Events

Weekend July 13 to July 14 2019
Kathleen Rooney

Prose poetry is far more than just verse without line breaks. Borrowing from a variety of forms and genres, including questionnaires, conver­sations, dream narratives, and art installations like those of Joseph Cornell, these little blocks, patches, scraps, chunks, fragments—whatever you want to call them—are tiny boxes that can contain big things.