Kelly Sievers lives in Portland, Oregon. She began writing in 1986. Her work has been published in many literary journals and in nine anthologies, including A Call to Nursing (Kaplan Publishing), Between The Heartbeats, Boomer Girls, Intensive Care (University of Iowa Press), The Poetry of Nursing (Kent State University Press), Prairie Hearts, and Vacations (Outrider Press). Her poems have appeared in Calapooya Collage, Cloudbank, Descant, Ellipsis, Ekphrasis, Greensboro Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Journal of Medical Humanities, Mediphors, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Poet and Critic, Rattle, The Seattle Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Bridge, The Permanente Journal, The Western Journal of Medicine, Windfall, and Writer's Forum. Her fiction has appeared in Fishtrap Anthology, Intensive Care, Other Voices, and Wisconsin Academy Review.
In 1997 The Seattle Review awarded her the Anna and Perry Lee Long Prize for Poetry. Her chapbook, Making Room (Alsi Press), won the 1995 Yachats Oregon Literary Festival Chapbook Competition. In 1994 she was awarded a Fishtrap fellowship.
Kelly is a contributing reviewer for The Permenente Journal's "Soul of the Healer" feature. She was an associate editor at The Grove Review in 2005 and 2006. She was a participating artist in the Mountain Writers Series. In 1998 and 2000 she participated in a Group Health-sponsored series titled "Literature and the Art of Medicine," which presents poetry and literature about illness for practitioners. Kelly is a member of the poetry writing group The Black Boughs.
Bank Night 1930
Rochester Minnesota 1965