Our Team


Lori Wilson

Co-Director / operations

After learning about the VIDA count, our executive director immediately started making plans to start an organization that would provide resources and community to women writers in the South. She has previously worked for publishers such as Oxford University Press and Lookout Books. When she's not editing, writing, or reading about writing and editing, she can be found spending time with her kitten, 75-pound pit bull, or miniature pot belly pig. 

She can be reached at director@athenianpw.org. 


Khalisa (Kelly) Rae

Co-director / Creative PROGRAMs

Kelly Rae is a published author, feminist speaker, performance artist, and educator. She is a recent graduate of Queens University's MFA low-residency program in Charlotte, NC. She is an active member in the North Carolina poetry slam community and has traveled the country competing in national and world poetry slams. Kelly Rae published her first book in 2012, Real Girls Have Real Problems. Her recent work can be seen in Requiem Magazine, Dirty Chai, Tishman Review, and Obsidian Magazine; in addition, she is a finalist in the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, she was recently selected as a winner of the Fem Lit Magazine Contest, and she was a winner of the online Voicemail Poetry contest.

Her mission is to empower women and girls and encourage healthy self-esteem and body positivity. Her full-length poetry book and master's thesis, entitled Outside the Canon: Poetry as Protest is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Spring 2021. 

She can be reached at creative@athenianpw.org.