A Pittsburgher, Kelly Forsythe is currently living and writing in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Perennial (Coffee House Press, forthcoming August 2018), and a digital chapbook of poems, Helix (Floating Wolf Quarterly). Her work has been published in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, The Literary Review, The Minnesota Review, and Columbia Poetry Review, among others. She was recently featured in American Poet as an Academy of American Poets "Emerging Poet," with an introduction by Noelle Kocot.
For over half a decade, Forsythe was the Director of Publicity for Copper Canyon Press. Prior to working with Copper Canyon, she was a consultant for the web team at the Poetry Foundation, and worked with the marketing team at Poets & Writers Magazine. She has given lectures on publishing and book publicity at NYU, The Academy of American Poets, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Manhattanville College. Her publicity endeavors at Copper Canyon include Natalie Diaz’s “When My Brother Was an Aztec,” Ocean Vuong’s “Night Sky with Exit Wounds,” and “Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda.”
She is on the Board of Directors for Alice James Books. In addition to her work with Copper Canyon, she was the founder of PHANTOM, an online journal. Forsythe works at National Geographic, where she helps to manage the literary PR strategy for the books division.