Kelly Fordon

Poet, Fiction Writer

1300 E. Lafayette Street #1601
Detroit, MI 48207

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)
Prizes won: 
  • 2015 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards - Result: Finalist in the Short Stories category
  • 2015 Midwest Book Awards - Result: Finalist in the category of Short Story Fiction
  • 2016 Michigan Notable Book Awards - Result: 1 of 20 selected annually
  • 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Result: Bronze Medal in the Short Story Fiction Category
  • 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards - Result: Finalist
  • 2020 Eyelands Literary Awards, Finalist in Poetry, Goodbye Toothless House.
  • 2020 Eric Hoffer Finalist in poetry

  • 2021 Midwest Book Award Finalist, I Have the Answer.

  • 2021 Eric Hoffer Finalist in the Short Story Category.

  • Kirkus Reviews Magazine, Top Summer Indie Reads, July 1, 2020.


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Last update: Mar 22, 2022