A selfie of the four of us.

Hello! I’m Kelly (she/her), and I’m a chronically ill writer, reader, and all around book witch based in Pittsburgh, PA. By day I work in the marketing department at a university press, and by night and on weekends I sell books at a local bookstore. I am absolutely not a morning person, so I fit my writing in on my lunch breaks.

My fiction tends toward the strange and the fantastical. Sometimes I dabble in nonfiction. Once I wrote a poem, but it wasn’t very good. I’ve been running this blog in some form or another since 2009. In the past, I’ve written blogs on metafiction and living with migraine. You’ll find the best bits of those blogs here, too.

I graduated from Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in 2013 with concentrations in fiction and travel writing. My creative work has appeared in a number of journals including Permafrost, Sou’Wester, Pacifica Literary Review, Flash Fiction Online, and others. I’m in the process of shopping my short story collection based on Warren Zevon songs to independent presses. I’m also working on a novel about a reluctant funeral director who can speak to the dead.

In my spare time, I volunteer for VIDA: Women in Lit as a Coordinator for the annual VIDA Count. This has ruined my ability to look at any magazine, journal, or edited anthology without comparing gender equality in the table of contents.

This blog doesn’t always follow marketing rules. It’s messy and imperfect, probably contains obscure Star Wars references that five people in the world care about, and is sometimes completely off-topic. Like me.

But what fun is staying on the road when you can explore the deep, dark woods? Bring your sense of adventure, and I’ll bring snacks and a flashlight. Let’s go!

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.


2 Responses

  1. Hi Kelly,

    I came across your website while doing some online recruiting for candidates in the Pittsburgh area. I’m interested in learning more about your experience and what you’re looking for in your next move.

    Is there a convenient time we could set up a conversation? Do you happen to have time tomorrow?

    Looking forward to speaking with you,

    Jennifer Marshall
    Recruiting Consultant

    22000 Aol Way
    Dulles, VA 20166

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  2. Keith Gouverneur says:

    Came here because a fan of WZ since early seventies (Kim Fowley told me to listen) and mad about him since Excitable Boy
    I belong to a completely different universe than you. I’m a former soldier, adventurer and all around “bad guy” however you “get” WZ as closely as I feel his work- ’tis a classic dilemma of synchronicity: did my life follow his songs or did his songs presage my life? Or both at the same time?
    Your work hast touched me and at the risk of unsettling you ( we are from different universes)
    There are more similarities than you’d think

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