Kelli Koontz-Wilson is a native and resident of Newark, New Jersey. She has studied Spanish, Theater, and Sign Language.
She has worked for the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence as a Project Advisor for the Teen Institute of the Garden State (TIGS) where she studied and administered Drug Prevention methodologies.
She has served as a Teaching Artist as well as a Program Coordinator for Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). After leaving NJPAC, she focused on her own Company which would directly assist the immediate needs of inner city schools & Children.
She and her husband formed Melanin Enterprises in 1997. Presently Melanin Enterprises LLC includes Project PULSE: Presentations for Understanding and Learning through Skits and Expression. She writes, performs, and provides students with a forum to create their own presentations that focus on the needs of the community.
Frustrated by all of the violence, she wrote a poem to her unborn son, “My Sweetest Distraction.” The poem was so well received; she realized that she could use her poetic voice to bring about solutions for peace.
Hookers in the Playground consist of an Anthology of original poems dealing with issues that concern mothers, and families everywhere.
Other writings include the novel: The Color of My Skin, and a Gang Prevention Musical titled, The Message. She has written several plays and skits for Community Groups around New Jersey. She has also designed an entire curriculum of Artistic Programs for School Aged Children to be used in the areas of Self-Esteem & Drug and Alcohol Prevention.
She is currently writing a semi-autobiographical book: Rhythm, as well as TV Pilots and several screenplays for feature film.
She and her husband Tim have three children: Latoya Wilson, Giavonni Darlena Davis, and Timothy Wilson Jr.