Ainsley Kelly

Ainsley Kelly
PhD Candidate, Graduate Instructor
20 Tate Hall

PhD, English, University of Missouri - Columbia: in progress

MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry), University of Washington - Seattle: 2018

BA, English, Santa Clara University: 2012

Research and Teaching

Areas of Study

  • Creative Writing
  • Queer, Feminist, Antiracist, Decolonial, and Ecocritical Theory
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Poetry and Poetics

Pronouns: she/her

Ainsley Kelly is a poet and educator from California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Passages North, Poets.Org, Fourteen Hills, DMQ Review, Hummingbird, Quiddity, and The Santa Clara Review among others. She has received support from the Community of Writer's, the Napa Valley Writers Conference, and Santa Clara University's Canterbury Scholarship. 

Awards and Honors
  • Academy of American Poets Prize/Harold Taylor Prize (2018)
  • Academy of American Poets Prize/Tamara Verga Prize (2011)
  • Eleanor B. North Poetry Prize (2011)
  • Shipsey Poetry Prize (2010)