Point of Order: Poetry and Prose
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This collection by Ivory Kelly contains 31 powerful poems that give voice to a range of personal and political issues as well as 4 short stories about life in Belize. “If yu Kyaahn Kech Harry…” is a delightful political satire that explores Belizean politics from the perspective of two street-smart Belize City women. As we follow these two feisty supporters of the opposing political parties on General Election Day, we witness up-close the naked truths about political bribery and other ulterior motives that abound in Belizean politics. Meanwhile, in “The Real Sin,” Kelly questions the role that the Church plays in the education system when one church’s disciplinary action against a young female teacher goes against the redemption that the Church preaches. In “Family Tree” the protagonist grapples with the complexity of family relationships in a small community when she unwittingly falls in love with her first cousin. And “Andrew” is a kind of history lesson in which Kelly uses a small boy to explore inter-ethnic dynamics in Belizean society.

Ivory Kelly is also the author of Pengereng, a ground-breaking collection of short stories in English and Belize Kriol, including the first major work of fiction written entirely in the standard Belize Kriol spelling system. Her works have appeared in journals and anthologies in the Caribbean, the UK, the US, Mexico, Brazil, and Belize. In 2018 she was the winner of the Copal Distillery Fellowship at the Belize Writers’ Conference, and in 2017 the third and second place winner of the Belize Literary Prize in the poetry and fiction categories respectively. Kelly was born and grew up in Sittee River Village. She currently teaches in the Languages and Literature Department at the University of Belize and is a founding member of the Belizean Writers Guild. For more information, visit her website at

http://www.ivorykelly.com.

This collection by Ivory Kelly contains 31 powerful poems that give voice to a range of personal and political issues as well as 4 short stories about life in Belize. “If yu Kyaahn Kech Harry…” is a delightful political satire that explores Belizean politics from the perspective of two street-smart Belize City women. As we follow these two feisty supporters of the opposing political parties on General Election Day, we witness up-close the naked truths about political bribery and other ulterior motives that abound in Belizean politics. Meanwhile, in “The Real Sin,” Kelly questions the role that the Church plays in the education system when one church’s disciplinary action against a young female teacher goes against the redemption that the Church preaches. In “Family Tree” the protagonist grapples with the complexity of family relationships in a small community when she unwittingly falls in love with her first cousin. And “Andrew” is a kind of history lesson in which Kelly uses a small boy to explore inter-ethnic dynamics in Belizean society.

Ivory Kelly is also the author of Pengereng, a ground-breaking collection of short stories in English and Belize Kriol, including the first major work of fiction written entirely in the standard Belize Kriol spelling system. Her works have appeared in journals and anthologies in the Caribbean, the UK, the US, Mexico, Brazil, and Belize. In 2018 she was the winner of the Copal Distillery Fellowship at the Belize Writers’ Conference, and in 2017 the third and second place winner of the Belize Literary Prize in the poetry and fiction categories respectively. Kelly was born and grew up in Sittee River Village. She currently teaches in the Languages and Literature Department at the University of Belize and is a founding member of the Belizean Writers Guild. For more information, visit her website at

http://www.ivorykelly.com.

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