Grant Award: June 25, 2015
I've just received a grant from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program, a program jointly sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. I'll use this funding to complete my oral history manuscript about my grandmother, "Big George," and The Hill District of Pittsburgh.
Social Justice Database: June 24, 2015
I'm pleased to announce that my poem, "bitter crop" is included in "The Quarry," Split This Rock's new social justice poetry database--a searchable archive designed to make it easy to find poems for your next class, rally, meeting, or public event.
Cave Canem Graduate Fellow: June 21, 2015
I completed my third and final year as a fellow at this year's Cave Canem Retreat, and am now a graduate fellow. Our faculty included Cornelius Eady, Chris Abani, Willie Perdomo, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Amber Flora Thomas, and Toi Derricotte, in her 20th and final year at the helm.
Cave Canem Anthology Publication: May 5, 2015
I'm happy to announce that I have a poem in the new book, "Cave Canem Anthology XIII: 2010-2011," published by Willow Books. To order click here.
LFF Anthology Publication: February 18, 2015
Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2014 is out! To preview my page and order a copy of the anthology click here.
Carnegie Museum of Art Guest Post: Jan. 28, 2015
My essay about Alma Speed Fox, civil rights hero and guest curator of the exhibit "Teenie Harris Photographs: Civil Rights Perspectives," appears today on the Carnegie Museum of Art Blog here.
Split This Rock Poem of the Week: Dec. 5, 2014
What an honor! My poem, "bitter crop," was selected as Poem of the Week by Split This Rock.
It's also the first poem in their new series of Poems that Resist Police Brutality and Demand Racial Justice.
To hear me read the poem, to find out more about the process of writing it, and to learn more about the #BlackPoetsSpeakOut movement, visit my blog here.
Kelli's Poetry in Little Patuxent Review: Dec. 1, 2014
Great news! I have a poem forthcoming in the Winter 2015 "Food" issue of Little Patuxent Review!
Kelli in LFF Anthology: November 29, 2014
I've just been notified that I'll be included in the next Les Femmes Folles Anthology! To read the interview I did with them this summer click here.
Kelli on Video: October 1, 2014
Check out the New Hazlett Theater's new short video on the inaugural season of their CSA (Community Supported Art) Performance Series here. I debuted BIG GEORGE in the series last year, and I kick off the video as well.
Kelli's Poetry in White Space: September 16, 2014
I have three poems in the newly published "White Space Poetry Anthology: Featuring the Work of Deaf and Hearing Poets" edited by Maya Washington. Order your copy here, and watch the short powerful film "White Space" here.
Kelli Interviewed: August 13, 2014
Check it out! I was recently interviewed for Les Femmes Folles. Read it here.
Kelli's New Blog: July 26, 2014
Because my writing needs me to let go of some privacy, and because I'm interested in sharing more about my creative process, I started a blog! My first post is about being a kinesthitic writer taking voice lessons to help develop my writer's voice. Check it out here.
Kelli in The Dramatist Magazine: July-August, 2014
"Big George" is featured in the July-August 2014 issue of The Dramatist! It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Gab Cody for this article about community supported art.
Kelli Returns to Cave Canem: June 15-22, 2014
I'll be in residency as a second year fellow at this year's Cave Canem Retreat. Our faculty will include Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Chris Abani, Tim Seibles, Patricia Smith, and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
Big George on TFPLD: November 8, 2013
My lighting designer, Andrew David Ostrowski, shares his work on Big George here.
Big George reviewed in India: Sept, 16, 2013
My one-woman show, Big George, got a rave review in India! Read it here.
Kelli Teaches Cave Canem Workshop: May 22, 2013
I'll be teaching a Cave Canem poetry workshop in The Hill District of Pittsburgh from May 22- July 31, 2013! I've titled the workshop "Being Ourselves in Our Poetry."
Kelli in New Hazlett Theater Spotlight: May 22, 2013
I'm today's New Hazlett Theater spotlight artist!
WESA 90.5: April 25, 2013
90.5, WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, shouts out all the CSA artists in this article.
Kelli in Pop City: April 24, 2013
My photo is featured in an article about the New Hazlett CSA Performance Series!
Kelli's Poetry in 1/25: April 6, 2013
I have a brand new poem in a brand new publication called 1/25! "The zine’s title comes from how many copies will be printed per issue. Each is one of twenty-five and each will contain about 12 pages." Get your copy here!
New Hazlett CSA Performance Series: March 25, 2013
After a very competitive application process, I'm happy to report that I've been selected to perform in the inaugural New Hazlett CSA Performance Series in Pittsburgh, PA! See the "appearances" page for more information.
Creative Capital Handbook: March 4, 2013
My bio and resume appear as the example of a Literary Artist in the latest edition of the Creative Capital Professional Development Program's "Artist's Tools Handbook." This handbook, written by Jackie Battenfield and Aaron Landsman, "is intended to give you the best practices from the field."
ABAPI Grant Award: January 18, 2013
I am thrilled to report that I've just been awarded a second grant from The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. More details soon!
Radio Poetry Program Director: January 8, 2013
I'll be serving as Program Director for "Poetic Side," the poetry show on Radio Feebs, a Europe-based internet radio station. My first show as Program Director airs Sunday January 13 at 11:30am and 10pm EST. It features poems by Ivan Pravdic (Serbia) and Kat Georges (New York). Poetic Side airs Wednesdays and Sundays at 10pm EST.
Kelli's Poetry in Mad Rush: November 29, 2012
Yet another poem from "Hallelujah Science" will be published soon--I just received an acceptance from Mad Rush!
UPDATE 12/8/12: Here's the poem. Enjoy!
Cave Canem Poem of the Week: October 16, 2012
A poem entitled "(59)" from my poetry manuscript, "Hallelujah Science" is the Cave Canem poem of the week!
Kelli's Poetry in The Stray Branch: October 4, 2012
One of my poems from "Hallelujah Science" appears in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of The Stray Branch! The issue is available for purchase here!
One World Cafe Interview Taping: July 18, 2012
Today I read poems from "Hallelujah Science" and had a fun discussion with Claire Hart of the One World Café Virtual Reading Series, which is published on Her Circle Ezine, an online magazine of women´s creative arts and activism. The interview will air on October 1. I'll post the exact link under "appearances" as the date approaches.
SLB Radio: July 14, 2012
I had the pleasure of talking to Larry Berger of The Saturday Light Brigade about "Big George's Wylie Avenue: Wisdom of The Hill" this morning. To listen, go to this link and click ahead to 7-8am. My segment starts at 7:50am.
Kelli in Pop City's Hill District Guide: June 27, 2012
I got a great mention for "Big George's Wylie Avenue" in Pop City's Guide to The Hill District. A photo of me at the one and only Jones Funeral Home also made it into the photo slide show! (See photo 16.)
Kelli in the New Pittsburgh Courier: June 8, 2012
Details about my reading and conversation series, "Big George's Wylie Avenue: Wisdom of The Hill" can be found in The New Pittsburgh Courier.
Kelli at Brown University: June 3, 2012
I'll be at Brown University studying poetry with Gregory Pardlo and Vievee Francis in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop from June 3-16, 2012. Callaloo is "the premiere literary and cultural journal of the African Diaspora."
Kelli on KQV Radio: May 26, 2012
I'll be discussing "Big George's Wylie Avenue: Wisdom of The Hill" with Elaine Effort on KQV Radio, 1410 AM, Pittsburgh at 6:30am and 5:30pm on Saturday May 26, 2012.
UPDATE: You can hear the interview at this link after Sala Udin--second segment of show--at the 5 minute mark.
Kelli in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: May 25, 2012
Check out this amazing article about "An Evening with Kelli Stevens Kane."
Kelli in Pop City: May 24, 2012
"Big George's Wylie Avenue: Wisdom of The Hill" is a Pop City Filter Pick! Scroll down to view.
Kelli in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: May 24, 2012
"An Evening with Kelli Stevens Kane" was selected as a Hot Pick in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review! Scroll down to view--the event is listed under Music.
Kelli in Pittsburgh City Paper: May 23, 2012
"An Evening with Kelli Stevens Kane" got short listed in this week's City Paper!
Kelli in the Sunday Paper: May 20, 2012
"An Evening with Kelli Stevens Kane" is featured in the Cultural Events Around Town section of today's Pittsburgh Post Gazette!
Interview with Kelli: May 17, 2012
A big thanks to Khara House of "Our Lost Jungle" for doing this great interview with me!
Kelli's Poetry in Connotation Press: May 1, 2012
Two poems of mine, "Quickening" and "(Yes) I Do" are now online here. Thanks to John Hoppenthaler, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact for publishing them!
Review of "The Swallowtail Project": April 15, 2012
I was one of the poets cast in the staged reading of The Swallowtail Project, a choreopoem written by Bianca Spriggs and directed by Kim El at the August Wilson Center on April 9th.
I'm particularly happy about Bonita Penn's positive review of a monologue I delivered:
"Another powerful monologue when a prisoner recalls memories of painting the toenails of her dead sister; it was more than the act of painting, more than the dead sister, she was able to bond with her sister in ways she couldn’t when she was alive."
In a strange twist of fate, that monologue is thematically related to the oral history and play that I wrote! I love when things like that happen. It was an honor to be part of this piece.
Kelli in the Post Gazette: March 28, 2012
Check out this great article, Teenie Harris Exhibit Winds Down With Poetry Reading, in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The reading features Terrance Hayes, Yona Harvey and myself. Click on "appearances" above for details.
Kelli's Teenie Harris Blog Post: March 27, 2012
I'm a guest blogger for the Carnegie Museum of Art! Read the post here about my family's connection to the exhibit, Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story. Enjoy!
Kelli's Poetry in Connotation Press: March 23, 2012
Great news! Two of my poems, "Quickening" and "(Yes) I Do" were just accepted for publication in the May issue of Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. I'll post again when they appear online!
Callaloo Writing Workshop: March 5, 2012
I'll be headed to Brown University this summer! I've just been notified of an acceptance to the prestigious Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop in poetry! It will be held at Brown from June 3-16.
This workshop is sponsored by Callaloo, "the premiere literary and cultural journal of the African Diaspora." I attended last year's workshop but had to reapply this year with all new work--there's no guarantee of acceptance to this highly competitive workshop. What an honor!
Oral History Podcast: February 1, 2012
Hear me read from my oral history manuscript, "Big George's Wylie Aveune," on Radio CLP! This is a podcast of an eleven minute segment of a reading I did last year at the Carnegie Main Library in Pittsburgh.
Kelli's Poetry in The Mom Egg: January 11, 2012
One of my favorite poems from "Hallelujah Science" was just accepted for publication in The Mom Egg 2012, Volume 10, The Body Issue.
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