Mayor Craig Cates has named Flower Conroy Key West’s Poet Laureate for 2017

Originally from New Jersey, Conroy was the valedictorian of Richard Stockton College where she earned her BA in literature and language and, in 2013, she earned her Master of Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She served as poetry editor of the Sourland Mountain Review and continues to read for The Literary Review.

Conroy has authored three chapbooks: Facts About Snakes & Hearts, winner of Heavy Feather Press’ Chapbook Contest; The Awful Suicidal Swans; and Escape to Nowhere.

She is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Tin House, and the Tupelo 30/30 Project, and has received scholarships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and was invited to attend a workshop at the Key West Literary Seminar.

In addition, Conroy is the winner of Radar Poetry’s first annual Coniston Prize and the Key West Tennessee Williams Exhibit Poetry Contest. She received the Richard Heyman Award in recognition of outstanding literary achievement, and has received a 2017 grant from the Anne McKee Artist Fund to produce an anthology of poetry written at a five-day workshop she led at the Key West Library.