Keli Stewart’s stories, plays and poems have appeared and are forthcoming in Quiddity, Meridians, Naugatuck River Review, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Letters to Fathers from Daughters, Torch Poetry, Hip Mama, On Becoming, Muzzle Magazine, Calyx, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature and Spaces Between Us. Keli has received writing fellowships from Hedgebrook, where she was awarded the 2010 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Award and the Augusta Savage Gallery’s Arts International Residency Program. Selected by Illinois poet laureate Kevin Stein, she was awarded the first place 2010 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award from the Illinois Center for the Book Emerging Writers Prize. She is a double recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center and also an alum of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation and Callaloo Summer Writing Workshops. She received her BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College and an MFA from Chicago State University in Poetry. She is the mother of two sons and has recently completed her debut poetry collection, a narrative of identity, class and place.