Kelly Harris received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Cave Cavem. Some of her other publishing credits include: Torch Literary Magazine, The National Parks Service Centennial Commemoration publication with Sonia Sanchez, Yale University's Caduceus Journal, Southern Review, Say it Loud: Poems for James Brown and many more. Her podcast for About Place Journal's called Congo Square: Sustaining the Sacred Post-Katrina showcases her talent as a producer and researcher. In 2017, she presented "Black Love: A Sustaining Force Post-Katrina" at the national Black Love symposium celebrating the 80th anniversary of Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Kelly is a former guest poetry editor for Bayou Magazine at the University of New Orleans. She is a former board member of STAIR NOLA, Big Class/826 NOLA and current executive board member of the Tennessee Williams Festival. Kelly is a culture leader with business savvy. She resides in New Orleans with her husband, Jarvis, and daughter, Naomi.
Her debut poetry collection is called, Freedom Knows My Name.
"She is the sound of wonderful."
- Kalamu ya Salaam