Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. How are we to live in a world where people and countries pretend to know the answers? McLellan refuses to fall prey to this illusion, and his haunting, delicate, yet muscular poems probe the infinite layers of self, family, love, loss, illness, and (above all) what it means to combine-and-transcend them all and find meaning and power. Says Donald Revell, "In his beautiful ORNITHEOLOGY, Kevin McLellan exclaims a bold prospect of actual spiritual health for these dispiriting days." Cole adds that McLellan "has constructed an amazingly delicate world of resilient fragility." She says: "The word ornitheology, in addition to winning 'title of the year,' perfectly captures this book—it's aerial, and it's reverent; it's full of grace, and it glides. And it's full of birds! It's also full of great line-breaks, intricate repetitions, flickering moments, and an expanded sense of sky."
Kevin McLellan is also the author of the full-length poetry collections ORNITHEOLOGY (2019 Massachusetts Book Awards recipient) and TRIBUTARY; the book objects Hemispheres (in the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona and other collections) and [box] (in the Blue Star Collection at Harvard University and other collections); and the chapbook Round Trip. Kevin makes videos under the name Duck Hunting with the Grammarian, and his video Dick showed in the Tag! Queer Film Festival, the Berlin Short Film Festival, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and others.