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!