Kelly Grace Thomas is the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Kelly was also a 2016 Fellow for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming: The Boiler, Sixth Finch, Muzzle, Rattle, PANK, decomP, Spry and more. Kelly's chapbook, Zersetzung, was a finalist for the 2017 Lorien Prize from Thoughtcrime Press.
Kelly is passionate about helping other writers develop their voice. She has worked for the past five years as a creative writing instructor and poetry coach. During this time Kelly and her team won three poetry championships, and were finalist each year. Kelly has also coached writers who have performed at Dodger Stadium and the Library of Congress. She has helped edit and refine writing and performances prepared for icons such as Gloria Steinem and Maria Shriver. Her students’ work has also appeared on Button Poetry and in the Huffington Post.
Kelly also works to bring poetry to unserved youth as the Manager of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit: Words Ignite. Kelly writes and loves writing that “challenges not only concepts, but conventions.” She lives in the South Bay with her boyfriend where she is also working her debut novel Only 10,001. For more of her work, visit www.kellygracethomas.com