We’d like to welcome, nonfiction writer and teacher, Kelly Shire to our instructor family.
Kelly Shire holds an MFA in Fiction from California State University, Long Beach, but these days primarily writes nonfiction and personal essays.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous online and print journals, including Brevity Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, Entropy, The Coachella Review, Full Grown People, Hippocampus, and The Museum of Americana. Many of her essays engage with pop culture, especially music, and she has contributed essays to Memoir Mixtapes, The RS 500 online project, and March Vladness, an annual music genre tourney curated by editor Ander Monson.
In 2016, she was the winner of the inaugural merit scholarship to attend the HippoCamp Nonfiction conference in Lancaster, PA and has also attended workshops sponsored by Tin House and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essay “I Dream of Department Stores” appears in the anthology SPENT: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping, published by Seal Press.
Kelly is a third-generation native of Southern California and continues to live in the region with her husband and two teenagers. She has previously taught composition and creative writing classes at CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, and Mt. San Jacinto College Extension. Currently, she is a library assistant at a public high school and is completing a memoir about family, music, and road trips.