Kali Lightfoot's kindergarten teacher told her parents that Kali had "a well-developed sense of beauty and can skip with both feet." This proved prophetic for a life that has included a number of careers and passions--Lightfoot has earned a master's degree in physical education, worked as an executive and a teacher, served as a wilderness ranger, managed educational travel, and provided body-oriented psychotherapy. After gaining her sobriety and coming out as queer, Lightfoot returned to poetry at the age of sixty-five, earning her MFA at age seventy. In a debut collection of poems that favor a narrative style but also experiment successfully with poetic forms, Lightfoot writes in a voice that is by turns wistful, comedic, and grave. After a long career, she has come late and happily to a life in poetry.
Kali Lightfoot has worked as a teacher, a wilderness ranger in Washington state, an executive at Road Scholar, and has retired from her position as founding Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Her work has appeared in Lavender Review, Poetry South, and Split Rock Review. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.