T. Byron Kelly
Poet, Painter and Musician T. Byron Kelly has been working as an active performance artist in the South Western Virginia area (Appalachia) for over three decades and has generations of family from West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. Live, spontaneous lyric poetry performances and gallery exhibits have been at the heart of the Poet's work. As an Undergraduate and Graduate student, Byron studied with poets Nikki Giovanni, Lucinda Roy, Grace Bauer and Anne Bromley, as well as novelist Don Secreast and painter Janet Niewald. Byron received private art instruction during that time and was also a member of Tri-M (Modern Music Masters honor society). Byron studied the relationships between poetry, painting and music and soon began to illustrate his own poems with paintings and put them to music as well. Byron has also taught creative writing and composition on the college level (New River College and Virginia Tech) and is a member of Studio Appalachia , Spectral Arts , Project Morning Star, Ghost House Collective, Dark Horse, North/South Appalachia, the Appalachian Writers Association (A.W.A.), the Appalachian Authors' Guild (A.A.G.), West Virginia Writers, the Virginia Writers Club, the XYZ Gallery (Blacksburg, VA.), Glencoe Museum (Radford, VA.), Gray Gallery and the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center (Christiansburg, VA).
I paint poems and found a kind of home there> My paintings have always been rather cartoon like and fantastically oriented, a rendering of a dream if you will- I always thought (about realist art) that if you wanted a photograph then why not take a snapshot with a camera?
Poems of the Infinite Dream, Project End of Days,
Va. West Va. , New Selected Poems & Poems available @Amazon.com
Virginia Writers Club www.virginiawritersclub.org/Sys/PublicProfile/7258861
West Virginia Writers wvwriters.org/
Main Studio-New River Valley VA
Workshop- @ MFRL
& Pilot Community Center
Ghost House Publishing
*Primary Influences Artistically> Alan Hovhaness /William Blake/ Li Ho/
Jim Morrison/ Dante Alighieri/ Mattie Stepanek/Maya Angelou/Rainer Maria Rilke/Robinson Jeffers/Kenneth Patchen/William Everson/Hermann Hesse/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe/Robert Bly/ Boris Pasternak/ Fredrico Garcia Lorca/E.A.Poe/Ekiwah Adler Belendez/John Milton/Nathaniel Hawthorne/Ralph Waldo Emerson/Matsuo Basho/ J.M.W.Turner/ Henry Fuseli/ John Martin/ Vincent Van Gogh/ Claude Monet/ Francisco de Goya/Bob Kane/Edvard Munch/ Gustav Klimt. /Tom Waits/Simple Minds/The Doors/Bjork/U2 /Brian Eno/Peter Gabriel/Tears For Fears/Cocteau Twins/The Cure/Patti Smith//
*T. Byron Kelly's Poetry has been archived by the West Virginia Archives and History, the Virginia Historical Society Archives, West Virginia University Library, Virginia Tech Library, Radford University Library and The University of Virginia at Wise Library.