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Lisa Kelly

Photo of Lisa Kelly by Greg Freeman
Books by this author: A Map Towards Fluency
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  • Lisa Kelly is half-Danish and half-deaf. She is the Chair of Magma Poetry and co-edited issue 63, The Conversation Issue; and issue 69, The Deaf Issue. She is a regular host of poetry evenings at the Torriano Meeting House, London, and has an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Lancaster University. Her pamphlets are Bloodhound (Hearing Eye, 2012) and Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press, 2018).

    She is currently a freelance journalist specialising in technology, and has worked as an actress, life model, Consumer Champion, waitress, sales assistant and envelope stuffer. She teaches creative writing and poetry in performance at the Torriano Meeting House.


    Author photo by Greg Freeman.
    'informed and thematically complex... [Lisa Kelly] love[s] every aspect of writing poetry: the language which forms it, the literature which precedes it, the art which inspires it, and the lives which make it personal and accessible.'

    Emma Desphande, The London Magazine


    'Lisa Kelly searchingly translates for us the intimate connections between language and the body, between symbol and experience.'
    Jane Draycott
    'Lisa Kelly's poems are every bit attentive as they are inventive. Whether on hearing and deafness, or amongst oysters and aphids, she writes with an instinctive and joyful aplomb, which is unafraid of stretching the possibilities of language itself.'
    Jane Commane
    Awards won by Lisa Kelly Short-listed, 2021 The Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize (A Map Towards Fluency)
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