John Kelly – Love Of A Poet

John has some upcoming performances on Governor’s Island.


Thursday, Jun 25, 4pm (Open Dress Rehearsal)
Friday, June 26, 4pm
Saturday, June 27, 2pm
Sunday, June 28, 2pm

Arts Center, lower level, Governors Island, NYC

Reservations are required. RSVPs are open now:
RSVP HERE (click on any blue show time to select a show)
The Governors Island ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan. Ferry schedule:

Love of a Poet is presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival 2015.

Love of a Poet was originally produced as a site-specific work in the Battery Maritime Building by Creative Time and Dance Theater Workshop in collaboration with John Kelly Performance in 1990.

“His artistic versatility is legendary in the downtown arts scene. He is, for me, among the most interesting artists alive.” David Roman, Theatre Journal

Photo by Billy Erb
Copyright © 2015 John Kelly Performance, All rights reserved.



Sure, I’m proud.


I’m proud of the things I’ve learned.


I’m proud to love animals.


I’m proud to remember childhood.


And I’m proud to study color, I love colors. Who doesn’t? Colors are fascinating.


I’m proud to know grace personally.


I’m proud to call talent and inspiration by his first name.


I’m proud to be old school.


And I’m proud to introduce you all to some new school. Meet Steve – a one to watch.


I’m proud to aim high with my art.


And I’m proud of my pictures.


I’m proud of all my pictures, and sometimes, they can be very gay…


tee hee.

I don’t feel proud just to be gay though, I never have. Being gay is the easiest part of all. Being the rest of me is what I try to be proud of. Sometime’s it’s hard but lessons are hard to learn and I am generally a know it all who tends to be a scene stealer. Nuf said.

Gay pride – I love fireworks and I love a parade. It’s a good day for me.