Kay Bell


Author's Bio

Kay Bell is the author of two collections of poetry, Cry Sweat Bleed Write (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2020) & Diary of an Intercessor (forthcoming Finishing Line Press, 2021). She received her MFA from The City College of New York where she was the 2015 recipient of the Esther Unger Poetry Prize, and the 2018 co-recipient of the David Dortort Prize in Creative Writing for Non-Fiction. Kay's poetry has appeared in numerous venues, including The Ekphrastic Review, The Write Launch, Pithead Chapel and the book, Brown Molasses Sunday: An Anthology of Black Women Writers. She lives in the South Bronx and considers herself a bibliophile.


Publications & Prizes

Diary of an Intercessor (Finishing Line Press, 2021)
Cry Sweat Bleed Write (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2020)
Prizes won: 
  • Esther Unger Poetry Prize, 2015
  • David Dortort Prize in Creative Writing for Non-Fiction, 2018

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Nikki Giovanni Jericho Brown Sonia Sanchez Warshan Shire Amiri Baraka
What I'm reading now: 
Incorrect Merciful Impulses by Camilie Rankine, Scribbled in the Dark by Charles Simic , The Tradition by Jericho Brown

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African American
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Bronx , NY
New York
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Last update: Nov 09, 2020