Why I use my middle name

Kelli María Korducki
3 min readMar 17, 2022

And a lesson on respect

Afew years ago, I began using my whole name professionally. This decision was partly strategic. The dominant culture was beginning to engage questions of diverse representation and identity, and though these questions had always been prevalent in both my work and life, I felt it necessary to signal my position more clearly. But it was also a personal choice. I wanted to foreground my work, my outward-facing adult self, in the totality of who I am.

When I was little, Kelli María wasn’t a choice but, simply, my name. A baby talk variation…

Kelli María Korducki

Writer, editor. This is where I post about ideas, strategies, and the joys of making an NYC-viable living as a self-employed creative.