PART OF THE INAUGURAL LIST UNDER NEW M&S POETRY EDITOR DIONNE BRAND
AUDIENCE: For poetry fans, including those who are fans of spoken word artists, and for readers of Danez Smith, Shane Book, Aisha Sasha John, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
ENERGETIC, EXCITING, PROLIFIC VOICE: In addition to writing two poetry collections, Lettricity and Maple Leaf Rag, and a novel, Accordeon, Kellough has released two audio recordings, Vox: Versus and Creole Continuum. He is a practitioner of vocal sound poetry. His work multiplies and layers voice, while exploring the fundamentals of language-production.
AWARD FINALIST: A finalist for the League of Canadian Poets SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community.
Praise for Kaie Kellough:
“A black diasporic, jazzy-bluesy rumination on notions of place and identity in this 21st century. Whether commenting on encounters of racism in Calgary schoolyards or delivering brief lessons on the secret history of Canadian Blacks in B.C., Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, or ruminating on farther-flung locales like Harlem, New Orleans, and the U.K., Kellough’s poems remain rooted in personal experience, with a voice that’s sometimes acerbic, often ironic, occasionally angry, but always compassionate, a voice which carries a high level of commitment to the craft of the poet.”—Rabble.ca
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