Kathleen A. Kelly’s writing considers class, gender, and place in post-industrial America. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals as North American Review, World Literature Today, Kansas History, NELLE, PoemMemoirStory, Utah Historical Quarterly, Nimrod, CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Rain Taxi, and This Land, among others. Her poems are also published in the anthology Casita Poems (Jambu Press, 2019).
She has been awarded residency fellowships and grants from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and the Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry has been selected for writing workshops led by Billy Collins, Nance Van Winckel, and Laurel Ann Bogen.
An editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach, Kelly is the founder and principal of Gray Bevins Editorial, a literary and editorial consultancy. Gray Bevins Editorial offers publishing workshops, developmental and line editing, proposal and manuscript evaluations, and program consultation and development services. For more information about these services, you may reach her here.
In her previous work as a university press acquisitions editor, she acquired book-length trade projects in literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and literature in translation and scholarly projects in American studies, Latinx studies, women’s history, and visual culture. Her acquisitions won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, International Latino Book Award, Southwest Book Award, and the New Mexico Book Award. Her acquisitions also received citations from the Lambda Literary Award, PEN America Los Angeles Literary Award, and PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, among others.
Married to historian Afshin Marashi, she lives in Austin, Texas, and Norman, Oklahoma. She reads Mrs. Dalloway once a year, always in June.