Kelly Harris-DeBerry



Kelly Harris-DeBerry’s debut collection Freedom Knows My Name has not only been celebrated for its poetry but also for how it leverages technology. Harris has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and Cave Canem. She has worked as an editor, freelance writer, and most recently for Poets & Writers. Her work has recently been published in 64 Parishes, The International Journal on Hip Hop Studies, Torch Literary Magazine, Caduceus, Valley Voices, Southern Review, and more. Find her on the web at

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Two Writers, One House: A Conversation on Writing
with Jarvis DeBerry, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin (moderator)


Freedom Knows My Name: Poems

Freedom Knows My Name takes readers on a poetic journey of seeking collective and personal freedom as a Black woman. These poems range from motherhood to spiritual questioning. By scanning the QR code on the back of the book, readers are transported to selected poems read by the author. Kalamu ya Salaam calls Harris-DeBerry, “the sound of wonderful” in his introduction.


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