Khalisa Rae is an author, educator, and feminist poet. Khalisa has a true passion for empowering women through words, community programming, and mentorship.

Khalisa Rae “Kelly” is an active member in the North Carolina poetry slam community and has traveled the U.S. competing in national and world poetry slams. Khalisa Rae “Kelly” believes that starting Poet.she Performing Arts is truly her greatest achievement. Her work with Poet.she has led to countless awards and recognition for her writing.

Khalisa Rae “Kelly” published her first book in 2012, Real Girls Have Real Problems. Her recent work has been seen in Requiem Magazine, Dirty Chai, Tishman Review, Obsidian Magazine. She is a finalist in the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, she was recently selected as a winner of the Fem Lit Magazine Contest, and was a winner of the online Voicemail Poetry contest. Her work hangs in the Cameron Arts Museum exhibit, She Tells a Story.

Khalisa Rae is a contributing writer for Wilma Magazine and Cape Fear Living Magazine. She is currently the Creative Director and Co-founder of Athenian Press and Workshops, 501c3. Her full-length poetry book, Southern Belles Burning, is forthcoming.