About me

Columbia River Gorge from Crown Point, Oregon. Photo by Chris Laskowski.

The workings and mystery of the natural world inspire and teach me. Travel and the oddities of twenty-first century life provide plenty to ponder.


  • “From Water, Road and Rock” was nominated for the 2020 Orison Anthology by Split Rock Review, 2019
  • Honorable Mention in the 2018 Brockman-Campbell Book Award contest from the NC Poetry Society, for The Brightest Rock
  • Best of the Net nomination, 2016
  • Pushcart nomination, 2015
  • Second-place winner in the  Kakalak 15 anthology, published in 2015 by Main Street Rag of Charlotte, NC
  • 2014 featured poet in Cave Region Review
  • Second-place winner in the 2013 Second Tuesday Poetry Series at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC


I coordinated the Vermont College of Fine Arts summer residency in Slovenia from 2006 through 2010 and edited for literary journals including Hunger Mountain and Rain City Review. I also taught as a poet in the schools in Portland, Oregon. In late 2018, I moved from Durham, NC back to Portland, OR and learned a new definition of home.

I am the associate news editor for Environmental Health Perspectives, a scientific journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. I hold a Masters of Fine Arts from Vermont College and a Bachelors degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia.


  • Oregon State Poetry Society
  • University Research Magazine Association
  • National Science Writers Association
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs


Email: KellyLenox [at] gmail [dot] com.
Instagram: @poeditor

I look forward to hearing from you!