My writing process begins with ink on paper, but it is preceded by time spent reading many books and taking walks in gardens, along shorelines, and in art and archaeology museums around the world. I have a BA in history, an AAS in graphic design, and I love thinking and talking about how old objects tell stories and how history and the arts are relevant for a healthy society. 
I believe writing is a communication between an author and a reader about what it means to be human in a specific place and time. I reject all forms of writing produced through artificial intelligence, which is a shallow construct that will never be able to communicate what it means to be human, no matter how much data it steals from humanity.
Kelly Jo Anderson in Egypt with Sekhmet statue and a wall of hieroglyphs

Visiting a Statue of Sekhmet in Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, Egypt. Photography copyright ©2024 Kelly Jo Anderson. 

Published Poetry
"Do Not Make Stray Marks on the Ballot", The Huron River Review, Issue 14, 2015, p. 24. (digital edition and limited edition paperback)
"Neruda's Dreams"​​​​​​​,The Huron River Review, Issue 14, 2015, p. 25. (digital edition and limited edition paperback)
"Under the Bed", The Huron River Review, Issue 14, 2015, p. 22-23. (digital edition and limited edition paperback)​​​​​​​
A Sample of New-ish Poetry
Photo of fresco in Pompeii of a lady reading a scroll

Painting of a Literary Woman, Pompeii, Italy. Photography copyright ©2024 Kelly Jo Anderson. 

Awards
Poetry Honorable Mention, New Millennium Awards 42, 2016
Please contact me with any inquiries about my work. 
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