Anne M. Kelly was born in New Orleans, but has called the West Coast of Canada home since 1967. Islands are her favourite haunts, and before deciding upon Victoria, she lived on Bowen Island, Galiano Island, the islands of Haida Gwaii, and in various communities on Vancouver Island. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and has worked primarily in the visual and written arts. Her poetry has appeared in numerous North American literary periodicals, and in the book, Gravity and Light, co-authored with Victoria poets Margaret Blackwood and Kerry Slavens.
In the mid-nineties a car accident changed her life. While adapting to new physical limitations, she began to learn the art of weaving maille. She became fascinated with ancient techniques of working with metal and gemstones to create wearable art. Many of her pieces involve an eclectic combination of contemporary and ancient metal fabrication techniques, but maille has remained a favourite element of her designs.
Anne currently divides her time between writing her next collection of poetry and Jewellery design.