On October 16th, at Changing Hands in Tempe, the poet and Arizona Commission on the Arts recipient, Kelly Nelson, shares selections from her new chapbook, a meditation on love, loss, and the things that go unsaid. The Event starts at 7:00pm. After the Event there will be an Open Mic for all interested.
The poems in Who Was I to Say I Was Alive touch on love, loss and the things that go unsaid. Daisy Fried describes them as “little bombs going off. Or surprise packages left at the door.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KELLY NELSON is the author of the chapbook Rivers I Don’t Live By. She has performed her poetry at the Phoenix Art Museum and on the Phoenix Light Rail. The recipient of a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, she chairs Tempe’s public art commission and volunteers as a docent at the Tempe Center for the Arts. She bikes to work and teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University.
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One thought on “#ArtLitPhx: Kelly Nelson at Changing Hands”
I really wish I had been able to attend this reading. After reading her poem “First Date” from this book, I understand why her poetry is described as being about things unsaid. What a novel idea, though no doubt one that often occurs, that someone would be thinking about some very personal matter they wouldn’t want their date to know as they get to know each other for the first time. It really shows how superficial those kind of encounters are even as people try to get to know one another.
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