Kelly Fordon

Poet, Fiction Writer

Detroit, MI 48230

Author's Bio

Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO) and various other journals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks. The first one, On the Street Where We Live, won the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Award and the latest one, The Witness, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook and was shortlisted for the Grand Prize. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a 2016 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in the short story category. Her first full-length poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House, was published by Kattywompus Press in February 2019. A new collection of short stories, I Have the Answer, will be published by Wayne State University Press in April 2020. She teaches at the College for Creative Studies, Springfed Arts, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit.

Publications & Prizes


I Have the Answer (Wayne State University Press, 2020)
Garden for the Blind (Wayne State University Press, 2015)


Goodbye Toothless House (Kattywompus Press, 2019)
The Witness (Kattywompus Press, 2016)
Tell Me When it Starts to Hurt (Kattywompus Press, 2013)
On the Street Where We Live (Standing Rock Cultural Arts, 2012)

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Last update: Oct 09, 2019