Kelly Newson


Kelly J Newson also known as Kelz was born in Harbor City, California but raised in Los Angeles. At the age of eight she had her first piece of poetry published and has been writing ever since. However, it wasn't until attending John C Fremont High School in Los Angeles, CA that lead Kelz to write her first short story, 'Knights of Kenai' and shortly thereafter begin writing and putting together her first book 'Opening Wounds.' Though it wasn't until attending Rio Hondo College that she begin to take writing more seriously and share what she wrote. In fact it wasn't until meeting her former mentor and professor that she begin sharing her work and eventually building that confidence and gaining inspiration to want to share her work. Through this new found inspiration came the release of her debut play 'Making the Deal,' in November 2007 which got great feedback and while Kelz would love to continue in theatre and film she wanted to first make an imprint in the literary world. So she continued working on Opening Wounds thus releasing it in 2009. Kelz also designed the cover of Opening Wounds, showcasing not only her writing talents but her artistic talents as well. Shortly after the release of Opening Wounds Kelz met DJ Kelly J, a DJ in Las Vegas, Nevada who interviewed her on and Kelz also had „Cali Kids‟ from Opening Wounds featured on Then in August 2009, Kelz begin writing new material for her next book and she released her second book Before the SunRises in May 2010. This time she showcased her talent in writing poetry, short stories and plays. The release of Before the Sunrises was Kelz way of jumping into the world of fiction and showing that she is more than just a poet but a fiction writer as well just like her predecessors Langston
Hughes and Edgar Allan Poe. Unlike Opening Wounds, Before the SunRises was released in three different formats,
hardcover, softcover and ebook giving readers no matter their preference of reading a choice. Readers are able to enjoy Before the SunRises in hardcover, softcover, ebook (kindle, blackberry, iphone, ipod or other smartphone or device that supports the kindle or Barnes & Noble app.) Before the Sunrises can also be downloaded onto your ipad. Before the SunRises is available worldwide at or you can order at your local Barnes and Noble.
Kelz is currently working on a new chapbook entitled '116' which will be up for free download October 3, 2013 also Kelz is currently a writer for The Guardian Express Newspaper in Las Vegas, NV ( well as a writer for My Lesbian Love Letters (

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Los Angeles, California. Was born in the Harbor in Harbor City, CA but I was raised in L.A. Being from Los Angeles has influenced my writing a bit because I take my experiences and what I have seen and incorporate in my poetry sometimes in my fiction. Sometimes siting at the train station or local coffee shop I get this rush of inspiration from the people I see around me or what ever may be going on or a news story I hear or heard about. In each of my poetry books I have written there is at least one poem that pays homage to my home state, my city.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote my first short story in my freshman year of high school, it was called 'four knights in armor,' and to this day I have not published it because now when I read it, I just think it is cheesy. I originally wrote in my second period spanish class in my freshman year of high school. I remember sitting down after the bell rang and paying no mind to the teacher I just started writing this story. I had this idea and just started working on it, the teacher didn't exist at that moment, I was in my own world as I am whenever I write a new story or poem.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Kelly Newson online

Where to buy in print


I Am Kelz

I Am Kelz

Price: $20.00 USD.

I Am Kelz Volume II

Price: $20.00 USD.

I Am Kelz Volume IV

Price: $20.00 USD.


For Cris: Forever Love!
Pre-release—available March 1, 2019. Price: $10.00 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Written poetry inspired by her, for her, my best friend. Love you forever Cris!
For Yaz - A Kelz & Yaz storyline
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Written poetry inspired by her and for her. Welcome to the Kelz and Yaz storyline. This the story of real love between two of the realest. Love you forever Yaz. These are my love letters to you, Yazmime P.D.
For Love
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Poetry about love and just letting the heart run freely.
I Am Kelz Volume V
Price: $20.00 USD. Words: 14,350. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Gay & Lesbian
I Am Kelz Volume V is the final chapter in the I Am Kelz series. It has been a journey in this I Am Kelz series with varying pieces about love, life and politics and as for now this series is coming to an end and its a collection with a touching dedication making volume V all the more special.
I Am Kelz Volume IV
Series: I Am Kelz. Price: $20.00 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: American English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
I Am Kelz Volume IV is the fourth installment in the I Am Kelz series depicting love and political poetry that poetry lovers will enjoy time and time again.
116 the chapbook
Price: Free! Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Poetry
Collection of poetry about life and spirituality.
I Am Kelz Volume II
Series: I Am Kelz, Book 2. Price: $20.00 USD. Words: 7,710. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Poetry of love, life and inspirations. I Am Kelz Volume II is a continuation from the original I Am Kelz. Only this time it is only poetry and the author's coming out story in hopes of reaching that teen who is struggling with their sexuality.
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 14,000. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Short Stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Collecton of short stories telling the lives of the LGBT community. Picking up where 'The L Word' left off.
I Am Kelz
Series: I Am Kelz, Book 1. Price: $20.00 USD. Words: 32,340. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A collection of short stories & poetry with themes ranging from Love, Friendship, Heartbreak, Politics & Life.

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