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Freedom Knows My Name explores the intersection and tension of the pursuit of collective and individual freedom through poetry.


Scan the QR on the back of the book to hear audio versions of the poems, plus bonus audio.




"Freedom Knows My Name is electric. Kelly mixes brilliant poetics with the political. Read this book and don't stop there. Scan the book and be transported to audio versions of some poems that truly capture the poet's literary and oral magic. Experience this book."
Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Author of We Cast a Shadow


"The poet. She is the sound of wonderful."
Kalamu ya Salaam, Author The Magic of Juju: An Appreciation of the Black Arts Movement


“Kelly Harris pulls no punches in her superb debut collection. Her writing is brutally honest, and her poems dance with the spiritual ethos of the holy profane.”
Langston Hughes Review


“In Freedom Knows My Name, Kelly A. Harris combines the truths of her Midwest upbringing with her adult life in the South, bearing witness to a changing America. With a nod to generations past 'Negroes still bent in the fields of yesterday' to the changing of now, 'may the heaven/ we prayed for come /out of nowhere'  Harris' pen doesn't miss a beat, asking necessary questions in language that is critical and incisive. Yet these words linger long on love, hope, identity, and determination, 'We are dangerous/ when we love We' yes, we sure are."
Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Author of Haint


"Kelly Harris was a spitfire, and her poem ‘Mrs. Potatohead’ – on Rachel Dolezal’s appropriation of black culture – was a technically taut wire act."

Sabotage Reviews  on her feature at the New Orleans Poetry Festival

Freedom Knows My Name

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