Beautiful Music - Marriage, time & Palm Springs:   Full Grown People
Watching the Clock - Craft Essay:   Hippocampus
Hair of the Dog - Van Halen, Nazareth and Camaro nights:   Hippocampus
Whisperings - Lipstick traces and cereal for dinner:   Angels Flight/Literary West


Kelly Shire is a third-generation native of southeast Los Angeles County. Place and regionalism play a large role in her work and influences, as does family and pop culture, especially music. She earned an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and her fiction has earned Finalist and Semi-Finalist honors from Mid-American Review and Indiana Review. Recent work appears online at Hippocampus and Angels Flight/Literary West; an essay, "I Dream of Department Stores," was included in the anthology SPENT: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping (Seal Press, 2014). She is currently working on a memoir-in-essays collection.

Kelly lives in a sprawling exurb in the Inland Empire region of Southern California with her husband and two rapidly growing children. When not writing, she works part time in a school library, loves hiking and the outdoors, and digs all things vintage.



Background Photo: Molly Martirez