Kelly Malone is one of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s few experimental poets who stretches her craft well beyond the page and also induces/introduces her own body as poetry. Her work is significant and ground-breaking. Vaughan Rapatahana 


Kelly Malone is a language artist. Her work ranges from sound performances, and text-sculptures, to published page poems. 

Kelly’s language related events include breathing Morse code the heart by way of breath to the line, and eating the written page (embodying language). Some of her ‘artwords’ are made from shredding her handwritten journals and weaving the strips, cutting into ‘contexti’ or compressing them into writer’s blocks to illustrate her exploration of what writing is.

Kelly’s fresh approach to language has been well received, not just locally, but also through appearances and publications in Canada, Denmark, Italy, North America, Switzerland, and the UK. When her work is published in print, it is often accompanied by a subtle miss-take or off-set by something uniform,  such as the chevron > (an allusion to cuneiform) placed at the start of each line in the UK publication, Shearsman Magazine: brilliant mistake missing me.

To view more of Kelly Malone’s work online got to her links.

Kelly is a Ph.D. Candidate undertaking practice-led research on the approach of Performance Writing. She is the recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Programme Scholarship through the University of Newcastle, NSW. Kelly holds a Master of Arts (First Class Hons), a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Hons), and a Diploma of Teaching (Sec) from the University of Auckland. Kelly has taught and lectured at tertiary level for the last six years, following six years teaching in the secondary classroom.