Bio

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, NELLE, PoemMemoirStory, Nimrod, CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Rain Taxi, and This Land, among others.  Two of her poems are forthcoming in the anthology Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices.

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.

Kelly currently works as a freelance editor and publishing consultant. In her 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, women’s history, and visual culture. Her acquisitions have won numerous awards including the American Book Award (fiction), International Latino Book Award (nonfiction), Southwest Book Award (creative nonfiction and fiction), and the New Mexico Book Award (fiction, history, and art). Her acquisitions have also received citations from the Lambda Literary Award (gay memoir/biography), PEN America Los Angeles Literary Awards (creative nonfiction), 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.