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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 has single-sided deafness. She is also half Danish. Her first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2021 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Her poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. Her pamphlets are Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye). She is a regular host of poetry evenings at the Torriano Meeting House, London and is co-Chair of Magma Poetry. She is studying British Sign Language at Level 6 and is a freelance journalist writing about technology and business. Her latest pamphlet, From The IKEA Back Catalogue, is published by New Walk Editions 2021. She co-edited What Meets the Eye, an anthology of poetry and short fiction by UK Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers for Arachne Press, published in November 2021.

    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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