Kellie Richardson (aka Brown Betty) was born and raised in Tacoma.  Always having an affinity for the written word, Kellie wrote her first book in second grade. Since then she’s used writing to get jobs, keep jobs, brighten days, and cope with life’s challenges. 

In 2012, Kellie embarked on another journey when she launched Brown Betty, to provoke authentic dialogue and empower readers to speak, heal, laugh, and love.  Although the vulnerability is still terrifying, Kellie shares everything from her battle with depression and anxiety, to the pain of poor self image, to misadventures in parenting. 


Kellie's first poetry collection, What Us Is, is currently available on Amazon. As the first Black poet laureate for the City of Tacoma, Kellie focused her tenure on holding inclusive spaces for ALL to create, by hosting and curating events, pop ups, and community dialogues.

Kellie is about creativity as a tool of liberation and healing.

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