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"We are in a relationship with language. 

Creative Communications.
Digital Details.
Media Strategies.

"My poem was accepted for publication after workshopping it with Kelly." 

-- Laura Evers

"It was my great pleasure and privilege to work with Kelly Harris-DeBerry on a THNOC project designed to resurrect Civil War–era conversations between New Orleans activist poets who published in Afro-Creole newspapers. A video that featured her riveting reading of the new poem she contributed received thanks and praise from a nationwide audience and ultimately won an award. Her skill and generosity as a professional poet and performer were crucial to the success of this important project." 

-- Margit Longbrake, Senior Editor, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Poets & Writers Inc.,
Literary Cleveland,
PEN America,
The Historic New Orleans Collection,
+ more

I believe writing is a personal and social practice. Writing can be used to develop a greater sense of self, community and wellness. I partner with people, organizations and projects that center writing as a creative tool for education, human advocacy, cultural impact, and publishing.

Classes / Workshops,
Creative Staff Development,
Curriculum / Program Development,
Guest Writer / Keynote Speaker 


Work with Kelly the Poet

I'm a Black poet who is passionate about writing. Although poetry is usually printed, I desire for my work to be considered as public art. I am committed to creating beyond the page. I want my poetry to be read, heard, seen, danced --experienced in non-traditional spaces.


See my creative writing bio.


But a poet has to eat, right? 

I have over 10 years of non-profit experience as a program coordinator, strategic planner, marketing and communications, grant writer and evaluator. I am uniquely positioned to work as a writer who creates with passion and works as a professional. 

Work with Kelly the Consultant

Ashé Cultural Arts Center,
The Greater New Orleans Foundation,
NOLA Connects, 
The Words & Music Festival,
Good Work Network Small Business,
The Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center,
New Orleans MultiCultural Tourism,
National Endowment for the Arts,
+ more

KHD Communications, LLC specializing in creative communications and digital details for artists, organizations and events. KHD helps solve problems through art.

Creative & Business Writing,
Program & Grant Evaluation,
Programming & Facilitation, 
Strategic Planning, 
Diversity & Inclusion Advising 

KHD Communications, LLC specializes in creative communications and digital details.

By leveraging years of experience in the arts, non-profit organizations, and community engagement, KHD Communications delivers a range of expertise and an experienced portfolio. 


Growing up in a family-owned business she learned early how to brand, negotiate and build relationships. An artist at heart, Kelly blends smart business with cultural care and accountability for the clients she serves.