Lisa Kelly has single-sided deafness. She is also half Danish. Her most recent pamphlet, Philip Levine’s Good Ear, which explores her deafness, is available from Stonewood Press. Her pamphlet Bloodhound is published by Hearing Eye and she is a regular host of poetry evenings at the Torriano Meeting House, London. She has a Masters, with Distinction, in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and teaches creative writing and poetry in performance at the Torriano Meeting House. Lisa is a board member of Magma Poetry, and the current Chair. She co-edited issue 63, ‘The Conversation Issue’ and issue 69, ‘The Deaf Issue’. She has been shortlisted four times for the Bridport Prize, longlisted for the National Poetry Competition in 2016 and 2018 and won the 2016 University of Lancaster (MA) ‘Reading’ Prize. In 2019, she read at Poetry International, Southbank Centre for d/Deaf Republic: Poets on Deafness; and for Poetry in Adleburgh at the Jubilee Hall for ‘The Europeans – British, Danish & Dutch Poets’.


Lisa’s poems have been published in various magazines, including PN Review, New Walk Magazine, The Spectator, South Bank Poetry, The Rialto, Ambit, Prole, Urthona, Brittle Star and Tears in the Fence. Online publications include Well Versed, And Other Poems, Poems in Which, Antiphon and Long Exposure. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies Asterism  (Laudanum Publishing); Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press); and Spark: Poetry and Art Inspired by the Novels of Muriel Spark (Blue Diode Press). A selection of her poems are featured in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII anthology. Her debut collection, A Map Towards Fluency was published by Carcanet, June 2019.

‘Apple Quartet’ PN Review

‘Six Perspectives on Lilian Kjærulff’ And Other Poems

‘A&E’ The Spectator

‘When I Lose This Tooth, I’ll Age Twenty Years in Half an Hour’ Amaryllis



Reading at the launch of DUSK at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich 21 June 2018

Dusk Launch Video Match Girl

Reading for Dodo Modern Poets at the King & Queen pub 23 March 2017


Shortest Day Longest Night – Reading of ‘Daylight Saving Time’

Shortest Day Longest Night Tour – Lewisham Video

A Celebration of the Critical and Creative – a reading alongside Paul Muldoon, Paul Farley and Terry Eagleton in the Nuffield Theatre on 3 May.


Reviews of AND by Michael Mackmin; Joy by Sasha Dugdale and Fortune Cookie by Jenna Clake for Magma 71, The Film Issue


Review of Imagined Sons by Carrie Etter for Magma Poetry