Spreading the word to change the world

Over recent months, the art of poetry has seen a surge in popularity. Perhaps because of the unsettling times we live in, poetic voices with a purpose are speaking out to challenge the status quo. Coupled with the rise in technology and social media use, the shorter form of verse is also more accessible than ever, taking rhyme and reason about the world we live in to larger, more diverse audiences.

Australian author and poet, Kelly Van Nelson, fuses the contemporary written word with other creative forms, passionately sharing messages that matter at poetry slams around the world, on the radio, and via short poetry films. Van Nelson uses a contemporary gritty style to generate conversation and create impact, raising awareness amongst teens, young adults and adults about social issues. Her prominent advocacy of antibullying strategies, using poetry as a vehicle to drive home important messages, have won her awards such as the AusMumpreneur Award for ‘Big Idea-Changing the World’ and Roar Success Most Powerful Influencer.

Graffiti Lane, her debut poetry collection, became a number one bestseller on Amazon in the UK and Australia within the first month of release, skyrocketing her book all the way into the Hollywood Swag Bags gifted to celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Ellen DeGeneres, plus Oscars winners and nominees including Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger and Martin Scorsese.

Kelly Van Nelson is an award-winning poet and fiction author, Managing Director on the executive board of a Fortune 500, trailblazer on tackling social issues, and wife and mother. She is a fresh voice on the literary scene and one that demands to be heard –

Kelly Von Nelson