Kelly Jones: an optimistic nihilist with a heart of glitter

Kelly is a writer, performer, organizer, and educator. They are the author of two chapbooks and a bunch of miscellaneous poems. They recently earned an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro, and they hold an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and a BA in Literature and Social Justice from Antioch University Seattle.

 

Kelly currently lives and writes in a small city in the Piedmont of NC, but they have called many places home (Asheville, Carrboro, Durham, Greensboro, New Orleans, Parikia (Paros, Greece), Raleigh, and Seattle) and have a tendency to roam. They've also lived in an old camper van (while driving around and living in state parks and rest stops) and have participated in cooperative living communities. These days, they work as a bookmobile driver, arts educator, and content writer. Prior to adventuring into academia and libraries, they did over a decade in the service industry, moonlighted as a bouncer, briefly did a stint as  a mother's helper, spent a year organizing events and assisting with classes and registration at Hugo House, and worked as an assistant editor for a literary magazine.

Some of Kelly's favorite things are glitter, manatees, whiskey, sunbeams, and swimming. In their spare time, Kelly tries to teach their old dog new tricks, stress bakes, attempts to keep houseplants alive, manages The Gambler Mag, and struggles to come to terms with the concept of infinity.

Education 

1999 - 2003

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2003 - 2007

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