meauvMarilyn Kallet was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in New York. She attended Tufts University and the Sorbonne’s Cours de civilisation; received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers. Kallet is the author of 18 books, including How Our Bodies Learned, poetry from Black Widow Press, 2018.  Other recent poetry volumes include: The Love That Moves Me; Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, Black Widow Press; Circe, After Hours, BkMk Press. Translations include Disenchanted City, by Chantal Bizzini, co-translated with B. Anderson and D. Jackson;  The Big Game, translation of Surrealist poet Benjamin Péret, 2011, and Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard, all from Black Widow Press.

Dr. Kallet is Knoxville Poet Laureate and Professor Emerita of English at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Since 2009, she has lead poetry workshops and writing residencies in Auvillar, France, for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. 


      • How Our Bodies Learned. Black Widow Press, 2018. (poetry)
      • Disenchanted City. Chantal Bizzini. Co-edited with JB. Anderson; co-translated with Anderson and D. Jackson, Black Widow Press, 2015.
      • The Love that Moves Me.  Black Widow Press, 2013. (poetry)
      • Trans. The Big Game.  Benjamin Péret.  Black Widow Press, 2011.
      • Packing Light: New and Selected Poems. Black Widow Press, 2009. (poetry)
      • The Movable Nest: A Mother/Daughter Companion.  co-ed. K.S.Byer Helicon Nine Editions, 2007.
      • Jack The Healing Cat (Children’s Book).  Celtic Cat Publishing, 2009.
      • Trans. Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard, New Edition. Louisiana State University Press, 1981; new edition Boston: Black Widow Press, 2006.
      • Circe, After Hours. BkMk Press, University of Missouri/Kansas City, 2005. (poetry)
      • The Art of College Teaching: 28 Takes.  co-edited with April Morgan. University of Tenn. Press, 2005.
      • One For Each Night: Chanukah Tales and Recipes. Celtic Cat Publishing, 2004.
      • Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival. co-edited with Judith Ortiz Cofer. University of Georgia Press, 1999.
      • Worlds in Our Words: Contemporary American Women Writers.  co-edited with Patricia Clark . Blair Press/Prentice Hall, 1996.
      • How To Get Heat Without Fire . New Messenger/New Millennium Writings, 1996. (poetry)
      • ed., A House of Gathering: Poets on May Sarton’s Poetry. University of Tennessee Press, 1993.
      • Honest Simplicity in William Carlos Williams’ “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”. Louisiana State University Press, 1985.
      • In the Great Night . Ithaca House, 1981. (poetry)
      • Devils Live So Near. Ithaca House, 1977. (poetry)