|Kelly Shepherd has been part of numerous poetry reading events including creative collaborations with other writers, musicians, and visual artists. He has written four poetry chapbooks: The First Metaphor (2014); Fort McMurray Tricksters (2014); if one petal falls (2012); and, the bony world (2010).His writing has been published in The Goose, The Coastal Spectator, and Geist. Originally from Smithers, British Columbia, Kelly currently lives and teaches in Edmonton.|
Kelly Shepherd’s poetry is filled with awe and celebration, sadness, and ironic humour as he explores themes of human relationships with the natural world, including connection, alienation, and the negative impacts of human activity on nature; interspecies kinship — ecological as well as animistic and shamanic; and, intersections of ecology and industry.
"Shift is exhilarating, and I count it among the best books of poetry I’ve read in the last two or three years.
Shepherd writes with an unusual blend of understated verve and imaginative bravado, and has emerged as a poet more than ready to feel his way beyond what Northrop Frye once called 'the conquest of nature by an intelligence that does not love it.'” — Mark Dickinson, The Fiddlehead
"Accessible, quiet, reflective with the small particulars in place, SHIFT is a book to restore sanity." — Hannah Main - van der Kamp, Pacific Rim Review of Books
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