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Kaleigh O'Keefe


BFA in Sculpture and History of Art

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2015



Kaleigh has performed and taught poetry writing and performance workshops at countless venues across the United States, such as highschools and middle schools, colleges, bars, poetry venues, public protests, art galleries, theaters, weddings, living rooms, and more: 

Bakalar Gallery (Boston MA)
Battle Mountain High School (Edwards CO)
Berry Creek Middle School (Edwards CO)
Boston College (Chestnut Hill MA)
Boston Pride Festival (Boston MA)
Boys and Girls Club (Everett & Cambridge MA)
Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater MA)
Brockton Arts (Brockton MA)
Brush Creek Elementary School (Eagle CO)
Busboys and Poets (Washington D.C.)
Dirty Gerund Poetry Show @ Ralph’s Rock Diner (Worcester MA)
Dorchester Academy (Dorchester MA)
Dudley Cafe (Roxbury MA)
Eastern Connecticut State University (Willimantic CT)
First Fridays @ First Baptist Church JP (Jamaica Plain MA)
Holderness School (Holderness NH)
House Slam @ The Haley House Bakery Cafe (Roxbury MA)
Howard University (Washington D.C.)
Ipswich High School (Ipswich MA)
John Hopkins University (Baltimore MD)
Landmark College (Putney VT)
Makeshift Boston (Boston MA)
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston MA)
Massachusetts Poetry Festival (Salem MA)
Merrimack College (North Andover MA)
Monday of the Minds @ Flask Lounge (Portland ME)
More Than Words Bookstore (Boston MA)
Northeastern University (Boston MA)
Olympia People's Mic @ Cafe Love (Olympia WA)

Out Loud: A Very Queer Open Mic @ The Armory (Somerville, MA)

Penn State (State College, PA)
SUNY Orange County State College (Newburgh NY)
Sleepy Hollow Homestead (Chester NH)
Stargaze Women's Festival (Barrington NH)
TEDx Vail, Villar Performing Arts Center (Beaver Creek CO)
The New School (New York City NY)
The OBERON (Boston MA)
The United Nations Headquarters (New York City NY)
UMASS Boston (Dorchester MA)
Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (Minturn CO)
Walnut Street Cafe (Lynn MA)
Wheelock College (Boston MA)
“If You Can FEEL It, You Can SPEAK It” Open Mic @ The Milky Way Lounge (Jamaica Plain MA)

2010 - present

2010 - present


Mass Poetry Community Award

Mass Poetry Festival
April 2023

Academic Honors

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

May 2015


Departmental Honors

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

May 2015


TEDx Speaker
TEDx Vail

Jan. 9, 2015

SGA Organization of the Year Award Nominee, 
2013 and 2014
for The Official MassArt Poetry Alliance,

MassArt Student Leadership Awards

"Unsung Hero" Award Nominee, 2014
MassArt Student Leadership Awards


Mass Poetry Award - Best Poetry Group (with Flatline Poetry), 2013

An online "People's Choice" award.

Windgate Scholarship Recipient, 2013


*photo by AM Disher

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