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Kaie Kellough is a Montréal writer (via Calgary) who has been an active member of the literary community since his arrival in 1998. He has published in Filling Station, Matrix, Kola, Free Fall, has written for radio (CBC, CKUT), newspaper (Globe and Mail, Montréal Gazette), and diverse periodicals (among them Canadian Dimension and Rabble). In 2001 he was awarded a Canada Council writing grant to work on a book of poems set in Montréal. Lettricity is that book. Kaie is a member of the Québec Writers' Federation (QWF). He has been invited to read his work in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, New York, and Thunder Bay, while reading regularly in Montréal. He was a featured artist in CBC's 2003 Canada Reads series, to which he contributed a written work based on the Hubert Aquin novel Prochain épisode. For the past three years, Kaie has written, researched, produced, and hosted a CKUT community radio show. Kaie has organized numerous readings that have featured other local (and out-of-town) writers. He is an active member of Montréal-based live organic improvider Kalmunity Vibe Collective and is co-editor of Talking Book.


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watch Kaie perform on CBC's Zed-TV.

Read the Hour cover story.kaie kellough


"Live, Kellough is rhythm personified." -- Montréal Review of Books mRb


"quand la langue nait

dans la bouche

du nouveau né

la politique

nationale will bawl

and larmes

will salt the severed




from Lettricity
listen to Kaie from live improve recording in Montréal

talking book



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Poetry :

Talking Book: blues, jazz, dub, rap, song and freedom in the literature and orature of Montréal's Kalmunity Vibe Collective info

  • [Montréal : cumulus press] 2006
  • co-editor w/ Jason "Blackbird" Selman
  • isbn 0-9733499-9-9

Lettricity info

  • [Montréal : cumulus press] 2004
  • isbn 0-9733499-1-3

Uptown Rundown (word/sound systemising:distroboto edition mini-CD)

Jigsaw Skyline (chapbook)

  • [Montreal : Tongue between the Teeth Press] 2002
  • isbn 0-9689521-1-9
  • images by Stefan Christoff

Fire Escapes (chapbook)

  • [Montreal : Tongue between the Teeth Press] 2001
  • isbn 0-9689521-0-0
  • images by Stefan Christoff
webspace by & about kaie kellough

bio + photo - Véhicule Press' Literary Montréal

feb03.05 - Kaie is the subject of Hour magazine's cover story.

mar28.02 - Montreal Metro Security Clashes with Black Youth, by k. kellough

jan03.02 - Soul perspective: Kaie Kellough chronicles the city.

nov22.01 - Personal | Political | Performance, by k. kellough

sep28.01 - From a Whisper to a HOWL, by k. kellough

feb22.01 - Roots talk revival : Montreal's black spoken word scene is alive and kicking...

1998-2008 - cumulus press - hosted by koumbit