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Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, Kelly received his doctorate from Oxford University in 2005 after being awarded a British Marshall Scholarship. Co-founder of the scholarly journal European Romantic Review, he is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and The Observer. He has written widely on the Romantic poets, especially Wordsworth and Keats and his main research interests are in British Romanticism and the visual arts. Kelly was appointed Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2004. In 2008 he published both his biography of London’s notorious Newgate prison with John Murray (Hodder) and his first collection of poems with Carcanet. His critical study of a forgotten eighteenth-century English philosopher and adventurer, ‘Travels of the mind’: ‘Walking’ Stewart and the Making of Wordsworth’s Imagination, is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press.
A Lens in the Palm (Carcanet, 2008)
The Sleepwalker at Sea (OxfordPoets, 2011)
The Gaol: The Story of Newgate - London’s Most Notorious Prison (John Murray, 2008)
Travels of the mind’: ‘Walking’ Stewart and the Making of Wordsworth’s Imagination (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming)