Alana M. Kelley (b. 1993) is a writer and visual artist from Buffalo, New York. She holds a B.A. in English, with a Visual Studies minor from the University at Buffalo. She experiments with interdisciplinary poetics, often exposing contemporary subject matter with odes to classic romanticism, producing new-wave literature. Kelley actively explores the interdisciplinary fields of environmental philosophy, psychology, and ecopoetics, studying the way in which human behavior and emotion interplay with both the natural and the built environment. How we are drawn towards places of intimacy and of unknown. Her current studies lend themselves to dissecting the realms of deep ecology and the environmental ethics that emerge when approaching the intersectionality of humanism and naturalism.
Kelley is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, with a focus on mindfulness and wellness. Previously working as a Psychiatric Technician for youth and young adults with behavioral and mood disorders in Portland, Oregon, she aims to incorporate her experience there into her active practice as an artist and writer; connecting human relations, emotions, and expression with multidisciplinary environmental factors.
Kelley presently works at the non-profit organization, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, as the coordinator of their Arts Access program. She works with low-income individuals and families in order to provide no-cost exposure and experiences to local arts institutions & cultural events in the Western New York region.