Kelly is a writer and teacher. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of New Hampshire where she was a teaching fellow and awarded the Young Dawkins III Prize in Creative Writing. She worked with Dawnland Voices 2.0, an online literary magazine for Indigenous writers of New England, and was the Arts Editor for Barnstorm Literary Journal. Kelly has taught at the University of New Hampshire, St. Paul’s School, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and Grubstreet, a Boston-based nonprofit writing center. She was recently Head of Faculty at US Performance Academy, an online middle and high school for high-performing athletes, and is now a Guide at Khan World School, where in partnership with Khan Academy and ASU Prep Academy she is designing curriculum and teaching in an online, mastery based model for high school honors students.
Her fiction focuses on family, roots, identity, and motherhood, and she is also interested in international work, cross-cultural, and works of translation. Kelly’s work can be found in Flash Fiction Magazine, Litro, New Hampshire Emerging Writers Anthology from Z Publishing, and she was a finalist for the Charles Johnson Fiction Award with Crab Orchard Review. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter, and is currently working on her first novel.