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Dominoes at the Crossroads

Véhicule Press


Short stories, ed. Dimitri Nasrallah, published 2020




Dominoes at the Crossroads plays double-dutch with time and latitude as its characters skip between their Caribbean roots and their Canadian present. Through the eyes of jazz musicians, hitchhikers, quiet suburbanites, student radicals, secret agents, historians, and their fugitive ancestors, Kellough guides us from the cobblestones of Montreal’s Old Port to the foliage of a South American rainforest, from a basement in wartime Paris to an underground antique shop in Montréal during the October Crisis, allowing the force of imagination to tip the balance of time like a line of dominoes.


Magnetic Equator

Penguin Canada / McClelland and Stewart



Poetry, ed. Dionne Brand, published 2019

Winner, Griffin Poetry Prize 2020

Finalist, Quebec Writers Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry 2019

Finalist, Carte Blanche 3Macs Award 2018



The poems in MEQ are inhabited by migration and distance. They are ghosts that issue from suburban oblivion.They drift between North and South America looking for their ancestry in the cities and rainforests of Guyana, the Atlantic Ocean, and the prairies, foothills, and badlands of Western Canada.


Accordéon

ARP Books



Novel, jacket and text by LOKI Design, published 2016

Finalist, Amazon / Walrus Foundation First Novel Award 2017

Cover story, Montréal Reivew of Books, Spring 2017 



The Ministry of Culture seeks to shape and direct every detail of Québec society, and institutes a vast surveillance program. It plants agents in offices, cafés, and daycares. It abducts citizens, interrogates them, and meticulously catalogues their testimony. When Accordéon's itinerant narrator is detained, their testimony discloses a counter-conspiracy in which a mythic flying canoe will ascend to thwart the Ministry and radically transform Québec society.


Maple Leaf Rag

ARP Books



Poetry, published 2010 

Shortlist, Manitoba Book Awards, Manuela Dias Design Prize, 2010



Maple Leaf Rag is a dynamic, jazz-and-noise-infused riff on Canadian culture. Its concrete and written soundscape explores belonging, dislocation and relocation, and national identity from a Black Canadian perspective. This collection of poems syncopates the page and scores speech.


Navette

Shape & Nature Press



Short story and conceptual walk, published 2015, Greenfield, Massachusetts




Navette contains a conceptual walk and a work of short fiction. The walk visits familiar Montréal landmarks that double as passages along a migrant's journey. The story is one of revolution and flight in which a nameless youth, the child of Haitian immigrants, comes of age during the 2012 student strike. The Duvalier régime and the space shuttle Challenger haunt the family's memory, while a future blurred by social unrest, language politics, vintage Congolese recordings, and interstellar space engulfs their city.


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Creole Continuum

Howl!

Creole Continuum
“d-o-y-o-u-r-e-a-d-m-e” was selected for BAX Online (Best American Experimental Writing) 2015, eds. Douglas Kearney, Seth Abramson, Jesse Damiani, and was named among the top poems of 2014 by the Vancouver Poetry House.


Design: Nazik Dakkach

Creole Continuum was released on vinyl, CD and MP3 on September 5th, 2014 with Howl! records. 

d-o-y-o-u-r-e-a-d-m-e


Personnel: Martin Heslop (contrebasse), Jason Sharp (bass & baritone saxophones), Ted Strauss (piano, organ), Brahja Waldman (drums, alto saxophone), Kim Zombik (voice), Tyler Fitzmaurice (recording, mixing), Dimitiri Condax (mastering).



Vox:Versus

Wired On Words

Vox:Versus


Design: Kevin Yuen Kit Lo (LOKI)

Vox:Versus was recorded in 2010 at Hotel 2 Tango, Montréal. 

word sound system #2
(youdon'thavetosaythewordyoujusthavetomakethesound)


dust my doom



Personnel: Martin Heslop (contrebasse), Jahsun (drums), Stefan Christoff (piano), Kim Zombik (vocal), DJ Andy Williams (soundscapes), Zeke (sound collage), Jason Selman (trumpet), Radwan Ghazi Mounmeh (recording), Graham Lessard (mixing), Harris Newman (mastering).



Vox:Versus was launched at th 2011 Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, Montréal.
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Upcoming





September 10th: Toronto (Virtual)
WOTS - Word on the Street

September 21st: Ottawa (Virtual)
OIWF - Ottawa Internatioal Writers Festival

September 23/24th: Montréal
Rhizome Productions, live recording at the Lion D’or w Oana Avasilichioaei

September 28, 29, 30th: Toronto
Aga Khan Museum, Recording date w/ Jason Sharp 

October 22nd-November 1st: Toronto 
TIFA - Toronto Internatioal Festival of Authors

November 12th-15th: Montréal (Virtual)
Salon du Livre de Montréal, presented by QWF, with Canisial Lubrin
 

Achieved / Archived





2020


August 10th-22nd: Banff Cancelled due to COVID
Banff Centre for the Arts, Poetry Program Faculty, w/ Jordan Abel

June 5th-11th: Berlin Cancelled due to COVID
Festival Poesie Berlin, w/ Oana Avasilichioaei, Rhizome Productions

May 1st-10th: Hong Kong Cancelled due to COVID
Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong, Sound Forms Festival w/ Kevin Yuen Kit Lo

April 30th: Ottawa Cancelled due to COVID
Ottawa Writers Festival

April 18th: Toronto Cancelled due to COVID
Aga Khan Museum, duo performance w/ Jason Sharp

April 7th-9th: Québec City Cancelled due to COVID
Rhizome Productions

March 28th: Ottawa Cancelled due to COVID
Ottawa VerseFest

March 26th: Montréal Cancelled due to COVID
MRB (Montréal Review of Books) Spring Launch @ D&Q

March 13th: Montréal Cancelled due to COVID
Concordia University, Black Studies Conference, Opening Launch

March 3rd: Montréal
Concordia University, course guest w/ Dimitri Nasrallah

February 27th: Québec
Open Book Diaspora Panel, Centre Morin, w/ Rebecca Fisseha

February 19th: Montréal
Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore: Launch of Dominoes at the Crossroads, with Dimitri Nasrallah, Véhicule Press

January 17th: Vancouver
UBC, Black Noise. Course guest w/ Phanuel Antwi

January 15th: Vancouver
UBC, Thinking While Black. Claudia Rankine, moderated by Kaie Kellough
Presented by The Phil Lind Initiative


2019


November 27th: Montréal
Rhizome, recording

November 21st: Montréal
Duo  w/ Jason Sharp, Casa del Popolo

November 15th: Kingston
Queens University

November 7th: Montréal
Concordia University, Deep Curation

November 5th: Montréal
QWF Awards: Shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Poetry Award

October 23rd-25th: Vancouver
Vancouver International Writers Festival

October 22nd: Montréal
Paragraphe Bookstore: QWF Awards Readings

October 19th: Toronto
Harborfront Center, hosted by the Power Plant

October 11th: Montréal
Death of Futurism

October 10th: Montréal
Concordia University, Wired on Words

September 24th-25th: Winnipeg
Winnipeg International Writers Festival

September 20th: St. Catharines
Sonic Glow Festival

September 9th: Montréal
LOGOS Reading Series

June 13th: Montréal
Suoni Per Il Popolo
Sextet w/ Jason Sharp (modular synth, bass saxophone), Kevin Yuen Kit Lo (visual language projections), Joe Grass (pedal steel), Tanya Evanson (voice), Stef Schneider (drums)

May 24th: Montréal
Publishing Sphere Conference
Reading with Erin Moure, Nicole Raziya Fong

May 4th: Montréal
Words and Music, Blue Metropolis Festival

May 3rd: Montréal
The Equivocal City author panel, Blue Metropolis Festival

April 25-27th: Dublin
Making In Canadian Space conference

April 12th: Montréal
Sounding the City, Concordia University
In collaboration with Dr. Katherine McLeod, Writers Read, Spokenweb

March 27th: Toronto
Launch of Magnetic Equator (Poetry, McClelland and Stewart), AGO

February 8th, 9th: Montréal
Protests and Pedagogy Conference, Concordia University


2018

November 25th: Montréal
Mile End Poets’ Festival

November 20th: Montréal
QWF Awards. Poem Bow nominated for the 3Macs Carte Blanche Award

November 14th: Montréal
Concordia University, Montréal / Québec Literature w/ Katherine Mcleod

October 7-15: Australia
Bundanon Trust Artist Residency

October 19-21: Sydney, Australia
Word Travels Storyfest

June 22: Toronto
Thin Edge New Music Collective: Fusing
New composition by Cheryl Duvall, Kaie Kellough, Jason Sharp, Ilana Waniuk

June 9th: Montréal
My Backyard, Somewhere / Quelque part, mon jardin
Music by Collectif 9 & Architek Percussion, works by 5 composers, incl. bilingual text by Kaie Kellough

May 2nd: Montréal
Monastiraki Gallery. Launch of Hider Seeker by Jen Currin, with Nicole Raziya Fong, Helen Guri, Emilie O'brien

April 7th: Montréal
SBC Gallery. Electronic narrative presentation, as part of Relief Theory

March 29th: Montréal
Canadian Literature, w/ Robert Lecker, McGill Univeristy

March 16th: Montréal
Québec / Montréal Writing in English, w/ Gillian Sze, Concordia University

January 25th: Montréal
Contemporary Poetry, w/ Michael Nardone, Concordia University

2017

November 9th: Montréal
Vanier College Literary Symposium

November 4th: St.Catharines, Ontario
Festival of Readers

October 13th: Toronto
XAvant XII Festival: Intérro, collaborative work w/ Jason Sharp, Kevin Yuen Kit Lo, Tanya Evanson, The Music Gallery

Septermber 15th: Montréal
Underground Sounds. Phonopolis. Modular synth improv set

July 26th: Toronto
Course Guest: Mixed Race and Other Border Crossings, University of Toronto,
w/ Karina Vernon

July 12th: Montréal
Mixed with Dust (duo w/ Stefan Christoff), Casa del Popolo

June 24th: Montréal
Duo w/ Jason Sharp. Casa Del Popolo

June 14th: Montréal
Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, at La Vitrola w/ Lillian Allen, Tanya Evanson

May 25th: Toronto
Shortlisted: Amazon.ca / Walrus Foundation First Novel Award gala at the Four Seasons

April 29th: Montréal
Blue Metropolis Festival at Hotel Dix. Round table: Performing Words, Performing Signs

April 22nd: Montréal
Howl! Festival at Casa Del Popolo w/ Sam Shalabi, Stefan Christoff, Mark Haynes

April 19th: Vancouver
Wax Poetic program at Co-op Radio 100.5 fm w/ RC Weslowski

April 12th: Victoria
Tongues of Fire series w/ Bill Bissett

April 7th: Montréal
Montréal Monochrome V at Articule Gallery

April 4th: Montréal
Mile End Poets Festival w Tanya Evanson, Victoria Stanton, Skin T0ne

March 13th: Montréal
Kola Reading Series w Joel Desrosiers, Olive Senior

February 17th: Montréal
Black Future w Elena Stoodley & Kaitlyn Ramsden, DJ Ellise Barbara, Slowpitchsound & Lybido

January 31st: Montréal
Poetry, Engl 234 course guest, w/ Michael Nardone @ Concordia University

January 27th: Montréal
Accordéon novel launch @ Casa Del Popolo

2016

December 15th: Montréal
God is Alive, Magic is Afoot: Leonard Cohen Tribute @ Rialto

Novermber 26th: Montréal
QWF Book Fair @ Atwater Library

November 23rd: Toronto
ARP Books Authors' Showcase @ The Gladstone
w/ Hal Niedzviecki, Andrew Sullivan, Emma Healey, Angela Hibbs

November 20th: Montréal
Wired on Words @ Casa Del Popolo
w/ Tanya Evanson, Paul Dutton

November 3rd: Montréal
La Plante: duo performance w/ Jason Sharp

October 22nd: Montréal
CBC 5 à 6 interview w/ Nantali Indongo

August 17th, 18th: Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Int'l Book Festival: Gloss
Performance & panel w/ Tanya Evanson & Pamela Witcher

July 14th: Montréal
Argo Books: Africa as a Dream that Travels Through my Heart
duo performance with Jason Selman

June 2nd: Montréal
Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Intérro: Performance w/ Jason Sharp, Tanya Evanson, Kevin Yuen Kit Lo

May 26th: Halifax
Obey Convention, Solo Performance

May 7th: Toronto
Pages Unbound Festival, duo performance w/ Jason Sharp. solo performance by Aisha Sasha John

April 16th: Montréal
Blue Metropolis Festival, Rapid-Fire Reading / Ricochet Writing Series

April 8th: Québec
Les Vendredis de Poésie

March 25th: Montréal
Howl! Arts event, duo w/ Stefan Christoff (Mixed with Dust)

March 9th: Montréal
Performance, festival Dans ta Tête

March 1st: Montréal
Résonance Reading Series, with Oana Avasilichioaei, Jeramy Dodds, Lisa Fishman, Virginia Konchan, Andrew Zawacki

January 25th: Montréal
Jessica Moss, + trio w/ Jason Sharp, Kaie Kellough, Stefan Schneider

January 22nd: Montréal
Howl! présente: Sarah Pagé, Rêves Sonores, Markus Floats

January 9th: Montréal
Howl! Benefit duo w/ Stefan Christoff (Mixed with Dust),

2015

November 25th: Montréal
Atwater Poetry Project w/ Oana Avasilichioaei

November 8th: Kingston (Ontario)
Tone Deaf Festival w/ Skin Tone & Nobuo Kubota

October 22nd, 23rd: St Catharines (Ontario)
Harriet's Legacies Conference: Race, Historical Memory, and Futures in Canada, Brock University

October 9th: Montréal
Opening for Algiers, presented by Blue Skies Turn Black
duo w/ Stefan Christoff

September 27th: Montréal
Wired on Words and Music Performance Series

September 25th: St Catharines (Ontario)
Visual poetry vernissage: The Assembly Line of Babel
w/ Eric Schmaltz, Manticore

September 17th: St. Catharines (Ontario)
Border Blur Reading Series
w/ Jacqueline Valencia, Natalee Caple, Andrew Mcewan

September 12th: Montréal
Shape & Nature Press launch of Navette (chapbook)
w/ Julie Mannell

September 5th: Toronto
CPRG (Contemporary Poetry Research Group) microtalk series "Play" w/ John Liberty, Lillian Allen, Jenny Sampirisi, David James Brock, John Bell, Liz Howard

June 6th: Ottawa
ab Series w/ Wayde Compton

May 27th: Montréal
Between the Pages, literary TV program (taping for broadcast)

April 30th: Montréal
QWF presents: Ricochet Readings, Atwater Library

April 1st: Montréal
Résonance Reading Series

March 28th: Montréal
Mile End Poets Festival

February 9th: Montréal
Concordia University, Digital Texts and Typography course, guest

2014

November 4th: Montréal
CKUT 90.3 fm, Interview

October 24th, 25th: Barcelona
Barcelona International Spoken Word Festival

October 15th: Victoria
Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

October 1st: Montréal
Résonance Reading Series, Café Résonance

September 5th: Montréal
Creole Continuum, Kaie Kellough record launch w/ Jason Sharp

June 14th: Toronto
OISE & House Reading w/ Bronwyn Haslam, Laura Broadbent, Michael Nardone, Steve Giasson, Mat Laporte

May 29th: Montréal
Hyena Subpoena, Catherine Kidd book/cd launch

May 9th: Toronto
ACROSS Reading Series, w/ Gary Barwin, Margaret Christakos, Hoa Nguyen, Beatriz Hausner

May 8th: Toronto
Thin Edge New Music Collective: Onomatopoeia, w/ Jason Sharp

April 26th: Montréal
Howl! Arts festival, panel on art and gentrification

April 2nd, 3rd: Calgary
Calgary International Spoken Word Festival

March 30th: Ottawa
Ottawa Versefest

March 22nd: Montréal
Friends of Freedom, Café Résonance

March 1st: Winnipeg
Cluster Festival w/ Jason Sharp



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Collected. Works by / about




Small Axe
SX Salon 33, Literature and the Sir George Williams University Protest, eds. Ronald Cummings, Nalini Mohabir, incl. an essay, a translation of poetry by Stéphane Martelly 

Montreal Review of Books
Reading and Writing at the Crossroads, review by Erin MacLeod, spring 2020 issue

Montreal Gazette
Montréal’s Kaie Kellough writes where identities meet, where genres collide, review by Ian McGillis, March 12th, 2020

The Globe and Mail
Dominoes at the Crossroads shows how Black history is entwined in Canada’s story, review by Jade Colbert, February 10th, 2020

The Walrus
Witness (short story), March 2020 issue

CBC Arts
Walking With Kaie Kellough, documentary video, produced by Craig Desson

fillingStation
Issue #73. Magnetic Equator reviewed by Geoffrey Nilson.

exit
Revue de poésie, numéro 96. A selection from Magnetic Equator translated into French, by Erin Moure.

Jacket2
April 2019, Poetries of the Mouth and the Canadian Imaginary: Word-Sound-Systems, Further Notes of Kaie Kellough’s Vibratory Poetics, by Eric Schmaltz

Montréal Review of Books
Spring 2019 Issue, review of Magnetic Equator by Marcela Huerta

Quill and Quire
March 2019, review of Magnetic Equator by Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Rob McLennan’s Blog
March 2019, review of Magnetic Equator by rob mclennan

Midinette
March  2019, excerpt from Magnetic Equator, selected by Hannah Tolman

Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries Anthology
January 2019, WLU (Wilfrid Laurier University) Press, eds. Gregory Betts and Christian Bok. Concrete poems: Continents

The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology
June 2019, WLU (Wilfrid Laurier University) Press, ed. Karina Vernon. 3 Poems

Carte Blanche
Issue 34, Fall 2018. Concrete poem: Bow 

Montréal Review of Books
March 20th, 2018, Hamidou Diop's 21st Century Revival, by Jason Freure

Prism International
October 27th, 2017, Between us, a conversation series that spotlights immigrant/first-gen Canadian writers. Audio interview w/ Tanya Evanson, moderated by Emma Cleary

Open Book Ontario
October 7th, 2017, The Writer in the World: Definace, Imagination, and the Future, conversation with writer in residence Canisia Lubrin

The Winnipeg Review
September 10th, 2017, Accordéon reviewed by Ben Wood

The Walrus
August 30th, 2017: Kaie Kellough's Debut Novel is a Grand Experiment, review by Ian Mcgillis

CBC Books
August 9th, 2017: 17 Writers to Watch in 2017, compiled by Erin Balser

Geist
Issue 104, Spring 2017, Accordéon reviewed by Patty Osborne

CBC Books
May 16th, 2017: Magic 8 Questionnaire

Montréal Reivew of Books
Spring 2017 Issue: Cover story, Multivocal Montréal, Accordéon reviewed by Sara Spike

Winnipeg Free Press
February 4th, 2017: Accordéon reviewed by Melanie Brannagan Frederiksen

Globe and Mail
February 10th, 2017: Accordéon capsule review, by Jade Colbert

All Lit Up
February 9th, 2017: Black Voices, Kaie Kellough author q&a

Art & Wonder
Issue 3: Sounds. Short essay & live performance audio from Tone Deaf Festival, Kingston On, 2015

Oratorealis
Issue 1.2, Autumn/Winter 2016. Author interview

Textsound
Issue 21: Sonic materialities. Curated by Michael Nardone. audio work w/ Stefan Christoff

CBC radio1: Cinq à Six
Interview w/ Nantali Indongo. October 22nd, 2016

Jacket2 - On the Canadian Avant-Garde
From the 2015 Avant Canada conference @ Brock University. Poem: Mantra of no Return

BAX: Best American Experimental Writing
d-o-y-o-u-r-e-a-d-m-e. Audio. 2015 edition, Wesleyan University Press, online anthology, June 2016

Musicworks Magazine cover feature
Spring 2016, issue 124. Feature article by Dalton Higgins, photos by Pierre Langlois, includes audio of AlphabetA w/ Jason Sharp

Overflow: Poetry, Performance, Technology, Ancestry
Queenmobs.com interview with Eric Schmaltz. Summer 2016

Oratorealis
Issue 1.1, Spring/Summer 2016. Fiction - excerpt from the novel Accordéon

The Volta
Issue 62, March 2016, Evening Will Come. 2 audio works.

Brick Books
Week 57, January 2016. Celebration of Canadian Poetry, Kaie Kellough presented by Eric Schmaltz

Ottawa Poetry Newsletter
#83, January 2016, On Writing. Short essay: Ceremony

Poetry is Dead
Issue 12, November 2015, Working Class. Short essay: Wuk

Résonance Reading Series Archive
Novemer 2015, poem: Jalopy

Résonance Reading Series Blog
November 2015, interview with Klara du Plessis & Virginia Konchan

ARC Poetry Magazine
Issue 78, fall 2015, text + video of RAIL

The Rusty Toque
Issue 9, November 2015. Audio: Hausmann's Ransom Note

Continent
Issue 4.3, 2015, intangible architectures. Audio: AlphabetA

Huellkurven, a Magazine of Sound poetry
Issue 3, 2014, Vienna. Audio: d-o-y-o-u-r-e-a-d-m-e

Boulder Pavement
Issue 6, Languae, 2012. Audio: International Monetary Funk, recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Badilisha Poetry Exchange
Pan-African Poets Podcast by d'bi young anitafrka, Capetown, South Africa, 2012

Art Threat
Interview by poet Michael Lithgow, April 2011

10 or 20 Questions
August 2011. Interview by rob mclennan

Influency Salon
August 2011, Signifying the Tradition, by Camille Martin

Doveglion Press
An Inquiry, by Raphael Cohen, January 2011

Canadian Literature
December, 2011, Chewing Through Poetry, by Zoe Landale

Rabble
July 2010, Rhymes and Resistance, by Vincent Tinguely

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photo Kevin Calixte owlix.com









Live with Collectif 9, summer 2018 at Usine C, Montréal.



Live with Collectif 9, summer 2018 at Usine C, Montréal.



Cover, Montréal Review of Books, Spring 2017, photo by Terrence Byrnes.



Live with Jason Sharp, Tanya Evanson, Kevin Lo, Avant X Festival, Music Gallery, Toronto, 2017.



Live with Jason Sharp, Tanya Evanson, Kevin Lo, Avant X Festival, Music Gallery, Toronto, 2017.



Cover Musicworks Magazine, Spring 2016, photo by Pierre Langlois.

Live modular synth & electronic narrative set, articule gallery, 2017.

Live modular synth & electronic narrative set, articule gallery, 2017.






Live with Jason Sharp, Cluster Festival, Winnipeg, 2014, photo by Pablo Riquelme.

Live with Jason Sharp, Cluster Festival, Winnipeg, 2014, photo by Pablo Riquelme.

Live with Jason Sharp, Cluster Festival, Winnipeg, 2014, photo by Pablo Riquelme. Installation: Adam Basanta.

 
Poster design by LOKI

Live with Jason Sharp, Sala Rosa, Montréal, 2013, photo by Thien V.



Live with Jason Sharp, O Patro Vys, Montréal, 2011, photo by Mariel Rosenbluth.


Poster design by LOKI