poetry, prose & story
"Instructions for an Animal Body is itself an animal body; the seams, the cover, the binding that holds the pages together are a construct of an emergent identity. This would be a difficult task by any measure, and it is excellently executed by the author in this engaging, rich collection."
~Ralph Pennel, Founding Editor of Midway Journal, author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In
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Kelly Gray (she/her/hers) is a writer and educator in Northern California on unceded Coast Miwok and Kashaya Pomo land writing about parenting, eco-grief, mental health, dead things, monsters, prophetic animals, relationships to self and others, and rural life.
Gray is the author of Instructions for an Animal Body (MoonTide Press, 2021) and the audio chapbook My Fingers are Whales and Other Stories of Cetology (Moon Child Press, 2021). She is the recipient of the 2022 Neutrino Short-Short Prize from Passages North and has been a finalist for Best of the Net, nominated for Pushcart Prizes and Best Short Fiction. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Northwest Review, Passages North, Menacing Hedge, Newfound, Pithead Chapel, Hobart, Under a Warm Green Linden, The Normal School, The Inflectionist Review, Lunch Ticket, MAYDAY, Dream Pop, Barren Magazine, Maudlin House, Cleaver Magazine, The Account, Literary Mama, Atticus Review, Superstition Review, BULL, Midway Journal, 3Elements Review, and other badass journals & anthologies. Currently, she is the Outreach & Assistant Editor at Bracken Magazine.
Her illustrated book of short stories, Tiger Paw, Tiger Paw, Knife, Knife, is forthcoming from Quarter Press in 2022.
"Gray has challenged and transformed the boundaries of experiencing poetry. Her micro-chapbook, My Fingers Are Whales and other stories of Cetology not only enraptures readers with an intense control over line and image... This undertaking is a result of pure and boundless passion. "
~Emilee Kinney, Editor at MAYDAY
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