Kelly Grace Thomas



Poet. Creator. Educator.

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[ 2019 YesYes Books ]




KELLY GRACE THOMAS Kelly Grace Thomas is the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, a 2018 finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee and Best of the Next nominee. Boat Burned,  her first full-length collection, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2019. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: the Los Angeles Review, Tinderbox, Nashville Review, Sixth Finch, Muzzle, DIAGRAM and more.

Kelly has received fellowships from Tin House, The Speakeasy Project, Virginia Quarterly Review Conference, Favorite Poem Project and the Kenyon Review Young Writers’. She received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Emerson College and her Master’s in Education from National University.

Kelly currently works to bring poetry to underserved youth as the Manager of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit-Words Ignite. She is the co-author of Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform, Classic and Spoken Word Poetry (Literary Riot).

This textbook and curriculum is currently taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District using poetry to target English intervention skills.

Kelly is a three-time poetry slam championship coach. Kelly is passionate about helping others develop their voice, through her work with Get Lit and beyond, Kelly has coached poets who have performed at Dodger Stadium, Library of Congress, The Gates Educational Conference and the United Nations. She has helped edit and refine writing and performances prepared for icons such as Gloria Steinem, Maria Shriver, Tom’s Shoes  and more.

Kelly teaches editing workshops both in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She works with organizations such as the LGBT center of Los Angeles, the Department of Mental Health and more. She is currently a reader for Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Magic Little Pills, a romantic comedy written by her and her sister, Kat Thomas, was recently selected for the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and is currently working on a her debut novel, a YA thriller titled Only 10.001.