Kelly Michels was born in Chicago and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She received her MA from George Mason University and her MFA from North Carolina State University.
She is currently pursuing a PhD from University College Dublin and lives in Dublin, Ireland.
In addition to poetry, she has also written a screenplay entitled Devlin, which was a finalist in the Page International Screenwriting Awards and a quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She also coedited a nonfiction book on the folklore of Clew Bay as documented by Ernie O'Malley and Helen Hooker. The book, Western Ways, is available on amazon.
Before moving to Dublin, she taught for many years at multiple universities including North Carolina State University and Campbell University. She was also an editor at One, an online poetry journal.