Los Angeles poet Kelly Grace Thomas announced today that her manuscript BOAT/BURNED has been accepted by YesYes Books.
As she said in her face book post, “My DREAM press!!!! So excited for this new chapter.” Los Angeles Literature couldn’t be happier either.” She is the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Kelly also works to bring poetry to unserved youth as the Manager of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit: Words Ignite. She is the co-author of Words Ignite: How to Explore, Write, and Perform Classic and Spoken Word Poetry and helped develop Get Lit’s UC approved year-long curriculum.
Kelly goes on about YesYes Books by saying, “Fun fact: At AWP 2016 I got this killer mug after buying half of YesYes’s catalog (a bonus gift, cause they’re cool like that.) It’s my all time favorite. Ive drank out of it many mornings (and nights) working of the poems in my forthcoming collection BOAT/BURNED.”
Kelly is passionate about helping other writers develop their voice and will be presenting Get Lit’s pedagogy the AWP Conference (2018) with Patricia Smith, Tony Hoagland, Mila Cuda and Raul Herrera.
“Today I’m bursting with gratitude,” she said. All of us in the Los Angeles Literary community and beyond will be waiting for the release of her poetry collection BOAT/BURNED. Hats off to Kelly Grace Thomas’ and her hard work and for another publishing success story from the Los Angeles Literary family.