Kellie Richardson is a creative, coach and educator born and raised in Tacoma,

Washington. Her work explores the intersection of race, class, and gender with specific

emphasis on themes of love, loss and longing.


Kellie is particularly inspired and called to explore the experiences of women of color,

and the intersectionality of identities. As the 2017-2019 Poet Laureate for the city of Tacoma, Kellie worked to ensure literary arts are both accessible to and representative of the diversity of the community.


Kellie believes her work has one purpose: to be used as a tool for liberation and

healing. Sometimes through provocation or confession, other times through belly laughs

or tears, Kellie works to center the beauty and power of everyday folk, and put some

funk into the dread we call survival. Her most recent collection, The Art of Naming My Pain (Blue Cactus Press, 2019) combines poetry, prose and mixed media collage to offer readers an honest account of her struggles with identity, relationships, mental health and self-love.


Kellie is a highly skilled trainer with 20 years' experience building the capacity of leaders and organizations. Kellie specializes in the guiding organizations through equity and inclusion initiatives . Kellie believes that while training is critical, sustainable change is only achieved through individual reflection, accountability, and building new connections. Kellie thrives in designing and delivering content in a myriad of subjects including organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and evaluation.  Kellie a certified racial justice facilitator, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Washington State University, as well as Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Washington. 

"I meet people where they are. My work is centered on connection, integrity, and creativity."

-Kellie Richardson