Kiley Lee

Writing is not something I’m qualified to do. It has never paid my bills, and I suspect it never will. I do not hold any fancy degrees, titles, or awards, and I am used to being passed over and underestimated. I do not write for the academic world, as I suppose I’d have nothing interesting to say anyway.

I write for the future. Maybe someone calls their mother because of reading my poem. Maybe someone holds their partner closer. Maybe someone begins to write. That would be my greatest honor, to hear someone say, “Because of you…”

About 90% of my writing is free verse poetry. I have a terrible problem with authority, so rigid rules have never been a favorite of mine. I’m also perpetually curious, and it’s lead me to many fine poets and writing styles over the years. I love language, and I am always learning.

My poems are simple. I hope on the page.

List of Publications:

Anti-Heroin Chic:
“I Remember the Chapel View”, December 2018

Animal Heart Press Featured Artist Series, April 2019:
Poetry & Art, Part I
Poetry & Photography
Interview w/Amanda McLeod
Poetry & Art, Part II
Notecard Poetry, Round I
Notecard Poetry, Round II

Dovecote Magazine:
“On the Wire”, January 2020

Ghost City Review:
“Thoughts on being Giorgio A. Tsoukalos”, October 2019
“Looney Birds Blooming”, May 2019
“Burning Front Porch Appalachia”, January 2019, Pushcart Prize nomination 2019

Marias at Sampaguitas:
“The Next State Over” & “The Sweet Singer”, March 2019

Memoir Mixtapes Song Recommendations:
“Funeral Singers by Sylvan Esso”, November 2019
“Wooden Heart by Listener”, June 2019

Mojave He[art] Review:
“Down by the River”, March 2019

The New Southern Fugitives:
“Mint Kisser”, Cover Art, September 2019

Rhythm & Bones Press:
“Does She Ask Who I Am?”, November 2019
“Insatiable”, Cover Art, July 2019

The Wombwell Rainbow:
“Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Kiley Lee”, August 2019