“His faith in the imagination is praise for the world he inhabits and his poems insist we are all here together.” – Steve Scafidi

“Kelly is a poet of infinite feeling.” – Natalie Eilbert

“Devin Kelly’s visceral poems thrust us into the rich journey of growing up, confronting the ​cause and effect of the ordinary violences​ we inherit and internalize.” – Caits Meissner

Devin Kelly earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of two collaborative chapbooks as well as two collections of poetry, Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (Civil Coping Mechanisms). His work has been published in such journals and magazines as Adirondack ReviewAppalachian Heritage, BOAAT, Columbia Journal, Drunken Boat, Entropy, Fanzine, Forklift Ohio, Front Porch, Full Stop, Gigantic Sequins, The Millions, Post Road, Vol 1 Brooklyn, and more. He is the Director of Enrichment Programming for the Sunnyside Community Services Youth Futures Program at Queens Vocational High School, as well as a teacher at the City College of New York. He is the founder and co-host of the Dead Rabbits Reading Series and currently lives in Harlem.

He also enjoys extremely sharp cheddar cheese melted atop a medium rare burger.



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