Jon Kelly Yenser was born, raised and educated in Kansas. He worked at various jobs--from teaching to college development, from newspaper reporting to freelance journalism--in many states, most of them beginning with the letter "I." He and his wife, editor and writer Pamela Yenser, live in New Mexico.

Kelly has published two chapbooks ("Walter's Yard,"  2013, and "The Disambiguation of Katydids," 2015, with Kattywompus  Press) and a full collection of poems,The News as Usual, from the University of New Mexico Press. In addition to poems, he has published essays, fiction,  journalism, sports journalism, and book reviews in journals and magazines..