Kelly Harris-DeBerry 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 Canem. Some of her publishing credits include: 400yrs: The story of Black people in poems written from love 1619–2019;Words Beats & Life The Global Journal of Hip Hop; Angels in the Wilderness: Young and Black in New Orleans and Beyond, 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 episode for About Place Journal called Congo Square: Sustaining the Sacred Post-Katrina highlights her talents as a producer and researcher. Kelly is a former guest poetry editor for Bayou Magazine at the University of New Orleans. She serves her literary community as the New Orleans Poets & Writers’ Literary Coordinator and on various community boards. Kelly is a cultural leader with business savvy.