Kevin McKelvey

In these old Cascade conifers, with six score of decomposing logs and mesh bags filled with conifer needles, the raconteur researchers narrate carbon and nitrogen’s samsara— psalms of the Earth’s stores and sinks...

Kevin McKelvey, Andrews Forest Writing Resident, 2006

Kevin McKelvey is a poet and essayist who teaches writing, editing, and publishing at the University of Indianapolis. He has held residencies at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and Isle Royale National Park. Part of his book-length sequence inspired by the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area in Indiana were published in Dream Wilderness, a chapbook. The Indiana Arts Commission awarded him a grant to write poems about Indiana’s Wabash River. He lives with his wife and two children in Indianapolis in a house built in 1890.

Forest Log Work:

Three Poems

In these plunging mountain watersheds, roots and biomass
hold the soil when the Pacific rains pummel the slopes
as stream gauges whir and jiggle.

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