Kaie Kellough is a Montréal-based word-sound-systemizer. He is the author of two books, Lettricity (Cumulus 2004) and Maple Leaf Rag (Arbeiter Ring 2010), and the voice of one sound recording, Vox:Versus (Wired on Words 2011).
Kaie has published audio and print material internationally, most recently in Going Down Swinging (Australia), in 580 Split (Oakland, CA), and in Branch Magazine (Montréal, QC). Kaie has shared stages with artists ranging from Buffy Sainte-Marie to Chicago’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.
Kaie has had work commissioned by CBC radio, Banff Center Press, the Poetry Gabriola Society, and the Québec Ministry of Education. Kaie performs regularly, and has performed from B.C. to Q.C., N.S. to the U.S. He has been invited to guide exercises in sound poetry and language experimentation in April 2011 at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Kaie has been an active member of Montréal’s arts community since his arrival in 1998. Since then, he has curated events, hosted a weekly radio program, and helped to found and establish local arts collectives, among them the Kalmunity Vibe Collective, the Mile End Poets Festival, and the Canadian Review of Literature in Performance, a web site devoted to giving critical response to works that blend word with sound, launched in February 2011. Kaie continues to write, create, and curate in Montréal, where the winters provide the ideal writers’ climate, and where the old buildings inspire new ideas.