Elonda Clay is a poet, meditation teacher, scholar of religion, and librarian. She is an academic librarian at Metropolitan Community Colleges, Penn Valley Campus in Kansas City, Missouri. Clay currently travels between Kansas City, Missouri and Amsterdam, The Netherlands as she completes her Ph.D. in theology and religious studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Elonda Clay is a poet, librarian, meditation teacher, scholar of religion, and PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands in Theology and Religious Studies. She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University (B.S., Physical Science) and has earned graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.A., Library and Information Science), Gammon Theological Seminary, The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia (M.Div.), Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago (M.Th. in Religion and Science). Know That You Have Been Loved is her debut poetry collection and the first book in the Words from the Well of a Black Woman’s Life series. Although this is her debut poetry collection, Elonda has published several academic articles and book chapters in various journals and edited volumes.
Elonda teaches workshops centered around mindful meditation, the healing power of creative writing, and self-care for professionals and college students across the United States.
On the Book, Know That You Have Been Loved
Through this poetry collection, Elonda Clay explores how deep family ties, love and its substitutes, grief, struggle, and laughter possess the potential to inspire growth, healing, activism, and self-love for each of us. Ever grounded in the legacies of her ancestors and American history, Clay uses historical turning points and concern for the earth’s well-being as contemplation companions. Know That You Have Been Loved is her debut poetry collection and the first book in the Words from the Well of a Black Woman’s Life series.