About Kelly

Hi there. I’m Kelly, and I’m a poet, essayist, and editor.

photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz
photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz

I live and write in London, UK, where I work as medical editor specializing in biologic medicines and related national and international health policy (it’s more interesting than it sounds, I promise).

My essay collection, It’s Just Nerves, is forthcoming from Squares and Rebels Press on October 2, 2017. The artwork on the book’s jacket is by the Dutch designer Edwin Smet.

My debut poetry collection, Burn This House, is available from Red Hen Press and wherever good books are sold. My second poetry collection, The Book of the Unreal Woman, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2019.

I wrote the column “The Waiting Room” for Change Seven Magazine and for The Toast, and I my work has been published in a number of other lovely journals like Poetry Northwest, The Normal School, Vinyl, Women’s Review of Books, and others. 

I’m one of the founding editors of Tahoma Literary Review. While I’m no longer an active part of the masthead, you should check out the new team’s wonderful work.

I edited The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016, and served as a contributing editor for The Poet’s Quest for God anthology.

Prior to my time in England, I spent ten years in Seattle, where I taught English, worked with writers across the Pacific Northwest, earned my MFA in poetry, and served as the Managing Editor for The Los Angeles Review. 

Please contact me if you have questions, comments, would like to be notified of announcements, or schedule appearances, please contact me below. You can also find me on Twitter. Follow @kellydavio.

I offer the every-so-often Tiny Letter “Notes from the Basement.” Subscribe here. 

5 Replies to “About Kelly”

  1. I’d never thought about an album and aa poetry collection as differentiated from individual pieces. Hey, everything’s clear after someone else has expressed it, right?

    Are you going to tell us something about the wrestling that Jacob does in your verse novel?

  2. Thank you, Kelly, so much for selecting Alexandria for the CNY poetry award. It means so much to me! All the best, jasmine

  3. Hi Kelly!

    I read your nonfiction piece of writing published by ‘Change Seven” magazine today. It’s the first piece of nonfiction I’ve read in a long time that has me hanging on the author’s every word… I’m grateful that you decided to share it with the world. You have inspired me!

    Please keep on going with your writing!


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