Kelly Grace Thomas






BOAT/BURNED to be published by YesYes Books in 2019

When you burn the boats turning around, to old thoughts, identities, lives, is no longer an option. BOAT/BURNED explores family and the female form, the boat of one's body (and how shame is passed down). It contains the echoes of (often self-inflicted) mutinies. Reminds us that, we are a piece of every boat we've have built and sank.

This collection interrogates subjugations in our current political landscape. The way power structures silence voices, particularly those of women and people of color.  It questions what happens when you outgrow what you were supposed to love, the loyalties you were raised to obey.

 Photo courtesy of GET LIT

Photo courtesy of GET LIT

Get Lit- Words Ignite's first textbook Words Ignite

Words Ignite is a year-long deep dive into writing and performance, approved by the University of California for the classroom. It includes over 100 poems, writing prompts, and exercises, to help you claim, respond, revise, and perform. These are the tools of poetry, and by the end of the book, you’ll have them mastered.

Words Ignite is different from any other class, because you get to choose. You choose the poems you want to read, the topics and themes you want to write about, and how to share each poem with the world. 

 The world is ready for young voices to come forth and shine.

Go in, POET!

"Beautiful, what a gem! Lovely. Incredible book — needs to be in every room, hope, village, street, café, field, roof, living room, corner, cafeteria and art studio! Still floored and unroofed by this book." 

-Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2015-2017