Kelly Grace Thomas is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was named a 2016 Fellow for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Her poem the "The Politics of Scent" is currently a finalist for the Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, Rust + Moth, Crab Creek, Aaduna, Black Heart, Apeiron, Drylands, and other literary journals. Kelly was also named Aaduna’s 2014 “Poet to Watch.”

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 In Schools Program Manager 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