Poet, Teacher, Healing Arts Practitioner

Kay Prevallet, a Denver native, is an interdisciplinary conceptual poet, performer, teacher, and practitioner of healing arts. Her work is informed by the syntaxes of biodiversity, sacred geometry, somatic healing, innovative poetics, and conceptual art. She is currently creating a PhD in Somatic Poetics through the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham (U.K.), overseen by somatic movement visionary Amanda Williamson and linguist Arran Stibbe.

She is the author of eight books and numerous chapbooks including Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (Belladonna Collaborative, 2012), I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press, 2007), and Shadow, Evidence, Intelligence (Factory School, 2007). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including The Body In Language (edited by Edwin Torres, Counterpath Press, 2019), I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues Press), and Women Poets on Mentorship (University of Iowa Press).

For her graduate work at the University at Buffalo she catalogued the archive of the poet Helen Adam, and edited a volume of her work, A Helen Adam Reader, published by the National Poetry Foundation.

Recently, her work has been featured in Guernica Magazine, The Boston Review, The New Republic, Spoon River Review, The New Republic, and The Chicago Review, and the Brooklyn Rail, to name a few.

Prevallet has given lectures and presented her work nationally and abroad, in France, England, Mexico, and Myanmar. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the PEN translation Fund, Poets and Writers, The Millay Colony and has recently been invited as a visiting writer to perform and teach at Naropa University, The New School, Spalding University, and the Centre International de Poésie Marseille. She is a senior workshop leader for Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking.

Aside from poetry, she has published two books about the connections between the body, healing, and language: Trance Poetics and Visualize Comfort: Healing and the Unconscious Mind.

She sometimes lives in Westchester, NY where she writes, gardens, teaches and hosts small group and individual retreats. Other times, she travels around the country teaching, reading, creating and leading workshops through her community site, Trance Poetics. 

Photo by Jenica Heintzelman