Kelechi Ubozoh blends the reality of trauma, race, and mental health into poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kelechi was the first undergraduate ever published in The New York Times.
She has written for The New York Amsterdam News, Westchester Magazine, Kitu Kizuri, The Sound and Town.
Kelechi co-hosts and co-curates the Bay Area quarterly, submission-based reading series MoonDrop Productions with Cassandra Dallett. She reads in literary spaces across the Bay including Get Lit, Bay Area Generations, Lyrics and Dirges, Birds of Paradise, Quiet Lightening, and Word Party. She is also a member of the AfroSurreal Writers group.
A popular performer, Kelechi has performed at the Berkeley Poetry Festival (2019), Oakland’s Beast Crawl (2016-2017) and San Francisco’s Litquake (2018-2019). For the past three years she has performed at Litcrawl with Cocoa Fly, an all-Black women troupe, and shared poetry about afrosurrealism, mental health, and trauma. In 2019, she published her anthology with L.D. Green, We’ve Been Too Patient, which includes poetry on the subject of mental health, essays, and research.
In March of 2020, she joined an AWP panel entitled, “Trauma, Tresses & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative.” Her work is also published in an Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers & Artists of Color, called Endangered Species, Enduring Values from Pease Press; in Argot Magazine, Multiplicity, Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color; and the forthcoming anthology, Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative through Chicago Press; and sPARKLE + bLINK through Quiet Lightening.
She is currently working on a collection of poetry through memoir.