Carlos Gabriel Kelly

Carlos Gabriel Kelly

Carlos Gabriel Kelly

PhD in English Candidate

461 Denney Hall
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • American literature
  • Creative writing (poetry)
  • Latinx studies
  • Video game studies
  • Gender studies


  • MFA, Poetry, San Diego State University
  • MA, American Literature, San Diego State University
  • BA, English, San Diego State University



Carlos Gabriel Kelly is first-generation Mexican American and third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English specializing in Latinx Studies and Video Game Studies. His research seeks to merge the two fields by interrogating the liminal spaces associated with video games, specifically video game consoles, and how Latinx theory, through mestizaje, can open up new modes of analysis and study. In Fall 2019, Carlos will complete his Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Apart from his duties as a student, he has also been the Executive Director of LASER since 2017, and as acting Co-Director he aims to continue growing LASER both within the community and on the OSU campus. His professional goals include publishing more books of poetry, writing a book-length dissertation, establishing his own LASER program at a university, and to ultimately gain a tenure-track position teaching large lecture hall classes to incoming freshman.

Selected Publications:

  • Kelly, Carlos. “No Somos Cabras.” No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant and First-Generation American Poetry. Edited by Ferreira, Carla Sofia and Sousa, Kim. September 2019.
  • Kelly, Carlos. “Calling out El Tio Sam.” Review of Drawing on Anger: Portraits of U.S. Hypocrisy, By Eric J. García. American Book Review: Graphic Non-Fiction. January 2019. Vol. 40.2.
  • Kelly, Carlos & Aldama, Frederick. “The Good, Bad, and The Messy: Michael Peña’s Browning of the Twenty-First-Century Silver Screen.” Latinx Ciné in the Twenty-First Century. University of Arizona Press, 2019.
  • Kelly, Carlos. Wounds Fragments Derelict. 2LeafPress. New York, May 15, 2019. Poetry.
  • Kelly, Carlos. "Hyphenate-American," "Names are Boulders." Barzakh: A Literary Magazine, Spring 2018.
  • Kelly, Carlos “Minor Hallucinations via Satellite,” “The Media Social,” “Going Online.” PacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual {Lurking Anonymity}. Edited by Rivera, Cristina, Opliger, Bonnie, Nikravesh, Negeen. San Diego State University Press (2016). pp. 164-166.
  • Chang, Victora. Interview by Carlos Kelly. Poetry International, March 30, 2017.
  • Kaminksy, Ilya (2017, February 28) Poetry International, Forum: Poets and Borders.
  • Kelly, Carlos G. (2017) "Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox. Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults. UP of Mississippi, 2017." Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature: Vol. 42: Iss. 1, Article 18.

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