Kerri J. Roe

Writer of light and dark,

Sometimes beauty, and sometimes snark.

News & Events

February 23, 2024


Chords & ConversationĀ 

I’ll be reading/performing a few of my poems alongside some awesome musicians! This is a great venue that supports local arts and gives performers the opportunity to talk about the inspiration for their works. And, yes, I will probably be socially awkward because that’s how I roll. Might as well give me a mic to amplify it. šŸ˜€

November 29, 2023


Nomination for AWP Intro Award 2024!

One of my poems, “The Memory of Water,” was nominated for the 2024 AWP Intro Award in Poetry! I know the spectacular quality of work being written by some of the other poets, and I am beyond honored to be included among the nominees. Feels like I am dreaming. Really. This is incredible!Ā 

November 28, 2023


Upcoming Story Publication! 2024

My short literary fantasy, “Earth, Bonding,” was selected to be included in an anthology from the Masters in Publishing Program at Western Colorado University, edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Allyson Longueira and with an editing team from WCU! Publication date is July 2024. I am so thrilled to be a part of this anthology!

November 20, 2023-January 16, 2024


Firecracker Awards 2024

I was selected to be a reader for the Firecracker Awards 2024!Ā  From the organization: “The Firecracker Awards are given to indie books and magazines that make a significant contribution to our literary culture and the publishers that strive to introduce important voices to readers far and wide.” This is such an honor and I am so excited to read what my fellow writers have written and the editors and publishers have published!

October 19-21, 2023

Columbus, MS

Eudora Welty Symposium

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Symposium this year after all. All my best to the presenters and attendees! The Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium brings together Southern writers and scholars to present their work each October. It is named after writer Eudora Welty, a Mississippi-born, award-winning novelist, short story writer, and photographer who wrote stories about the South. This will be my first time attending!

June 26, 2023


Editing Internship

I am excited to announce that I have been selected for an Editing Internship with an independent publishing house! I will be putting my editing skills to work and learning more about the inside of the publishing industry.Ā 

June 1, 2023

Columbus, MS

MFA News

After applying (and thankfully, being accepted) to several MFA programs, I have chosen to attend the Low-Residency MFA program at Mississippi University for Women. There were a number of great programs to choose from, but MUW’s program is small and their faculty and students are friendly – plus the program is turning out award-winning writers in several genres. And, as anyone who has read my writing knows, family is priority, and their low-residency format works around real life. So excited to get started!