Tina Kelley

New Jersey, United States

Member Since: 01/22/2013

Tina Kelley’s third collection of poetry, Abloom & Awry, came out in 2017 from CavanKerry Press. She won the 2017 Jacar Press Chapbook Competition with Ardor, her first chapbook. Her second collection of poetry, Precise, was published by Word Press in 2013. Her first book of poems, The Gospel of Galore, (Word Press, 2003) won a Washington State Book Award. She is the co-author of Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, a nationally best-selling book about six homeless young people and the forces that sent them to the street, published by Wiley in 2012. She was a reporter at The New York Times for ten years, shared in a staff Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, and wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims. Her writing has appeared in Poetry East, Southwest Review, Orion, Prairie Schooner, The Best American Poetry 2009, and on the buses of Seattle, Washington. She won the 2014 New Jersey Poets Prize. She is a freelance writer and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and two children.




Website: http://tinakelleypoetry.wordpress.com/

Twitter Username: @tinakelley


  • Precise , Word Tech Communications (January 2013)
  • Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope , Wiley (October 2012)
  • The Gospel of Galore , Word Tech Communications (2002)


  • Pulitzer Prize in Public Service (with Metro staff) (2002)
  • Washington State Book Award (2003)


  • Reporter at New York Times (August 1999 - December 2009)
  • Staff writer at Covenant House International (January 2010 - May 2013)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University (May 1985)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry