Kelli Stevens Kane is above all a highly creative and innovative poet, whose words and ideas will stay with you long after you´ve read or listened to them and may even change the way you look at the world. She has also taken on the roles of playwright and oral historian with great success. Although poetry is currently the main focus of Kelli´s attention and a craft she intends to further hone and develop, her theatrical side and the oral historian in her continue to play themselves out in the poems she writes. She draws on experiences and characters from four generations of her own family, all of which are rooted in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, a city that Kelli still calls home and where she is an active member of the artistic and cultural community, recently performing her oral history manuscript, Big George´s Wylie Avenue, there.
Kelli´s poems also lend themselves very well to performance, as is clear in this podcast where Kelli reads poems from her first poetry manuscript, Hallelujah Science, and talks about her writing practice and the inspiration behind it, amongst other things. In Hallelujah Science, Kelli takes us into a work where the edges between natural and supernatural, past and present, life and death become blurred and as a result we are able to gain a greater sense of clarity on what is real and what is important in life.
Hallelujah Science was selected as a Finalist for the 2011 Four Way Books Levis Poetry Prize, and a semi-finalist for the Persea Books 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.
Kelli reads nationally in the USA, including performances at the Cornelia Street Cafe and Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and TEDxWomen Pittsburgh.
You can find out more about Kelli and her work by visiting her website.