Adele Kenny is the author of 25 books (poetry and nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published worldwide, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She served as associate editor of The Antiquer: Fine Art & Antiques from 2000-2005 and has been poetry editor of Tiferet Journal since 2006.
Adele is the recipient of various honors and awards, including poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Writer's Digest Poetry Award, and the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry. In 2011, she was honored with a Women of Excellence Award (Union County Commission on the Status of Women) for her achievements and volunteer work in the arts and humanities; she was named Poet Laureate of Fanwood by the Mayor and Council in March 2012. One of her poems appeared on the marquee of the Rialto West Theater in NYC as part of the 42nd Street Art Project, and her book Staffordshire Animals has been cited by Home and Garden Television (Episode COL-713). She received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Kean University, and her book A Lightness A Thirst, or Nothing at All was a finalist for the 2016 Paterson Poetry Prize.
Founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series (1998-present), Adele is also director of the Fanwood Arts Council (Kuran Arts Center, Fanwood, NJ, 1999-present). Active in readings and in private and agency sponsored workshops, she has worked as a Grants Review Panelist (New Jersey State Arts Council and the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs), and has also been a guest poet, presenter, artist-in-residence, and workshop leader for numerous organizations, including state and county Teen Arts Festivals, the NJ State Department of Education, Symposium for the Arts, and Very Special Arts Festivals (serving the handicapped). In 2017, she became a poet/consultant for the Care for Caregivers Program (Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs). She has been featured at poetry readings in the US, England, Ireland, and France, and at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.
Certified by the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Police Training Commission, Adele taught police report writing at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains, NJ (1998-2008). Her teaching background includes 20 years full-time employment as a secondary-level English teacher, creative writing specialist, and teacher of the gifted and talented. She has also taught graduate-level courses in creative writing at the College of New Rochelle (NY), satellite courses at Rockland County Community College (NY), and has worked for the Middlesex County College Division of Community Education (NJ). In addition to other volunteer work, she is a Shade Tree Commissioner (appointed 2014) for the Borough of Fanwood.
Adele has been a member of the Secular Franciscan Order (formerly known as the Third Order of St. Francis) for over a quarter of a century. She was professed on June 27, 1992.
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Selected Poems in Online Journals
Life and Legends
Greenwood Gardens (Scroll to "This")
Persimmon Tree (Scroll to "Old Wine or Misfortune")
The Good Men Project (1)
The Good Men Project (2)
The Good Men Project (3)
The Good Men Project (4)
Silver Birch Press
Live Journal, A Poem A Day
St. Julian Press Guest Author
THEthe Poetry Blog, Poem of the Week
Rose Red Review
Your Daily Poem
"That Much Closer"
"Of Feathers, Of Flight"
"The Innkeeper's Wife"
"If There Is Such a Thing"
Feast Anthology (Poem, Recipe, & Backstory, Black Lawrence Press)
Kean University Alumni Award (Poem)
Shot Glass Journal (Issue #13)
"What to Expect of Heaven"
"If It Hadn't Been"
Shot Glass Journal (Issue #22)
"Even When She Isn't Sure, She Is"
"What You See"
"Where the Dead are Strangers"
Haiku Foundation (scroll down to #6)
Haiku Foundation (see #1)
Schuylkill Valley Journal (scroll down to third poem)
The Night Heron Barks
Blogalicious Poetry Salon Guest Poet
Inner Music Interview
Interview with Diane Lockward by Adele
Italian: "What Grief Comes To"
Italian: "Like I Said"
Poets and Writers, Inc.
Haiku Foundation Registry
Amazon Author Page