About

Storyteller. Iowa Hawkeye. Yogi. VP of OCWW.

Let’s get acquainted.

Kelly Q. Anderson is a Chicago-based writer and former freelance journalist. Her work has been featured in Capsule StoriesLucky JeffersonChicago Parent, and Months to Years Literary Magazine. In September 2021, she was shortlisted for the Five South Literary Short Fiction Prize. 

Fostering a passion for inclusion, Ms. Anderson founded the LGBTQ+ Initiative at Winnetka Congregational Church, and works with local government, businesses, and places of faith to implement inclusive programming and events. She holds a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University’s eCornell and is a member of the ACLU, Humans Rights Campaign, Glencoe DEI, Moms Demand Action (Winnetka), and BeSMART.

Ms. Anderson holds two degrees from the University of Iowa and further studied at The Writer’s Loft in Chicago. Presently she serves as the Vice-President and Director of Promotions with the famed Off Campus Writers’ Workshop, the longest, continuously running writing program in the country. 

Two of her short stories were anthologized in 2021: ‘Outfit of the Day’ in Turning Points the 75th Anniversary Anthology ( Windy City Press, 2021), and ‘Self Storage’ in Capsule Stories: Second Isolation Edition. Both are available by request wherever books are sold.

Genres

Fiction

Nonfiction

Flash

Poetry

Academia & Study

University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Story Studio

The Writer’s Loft

eCornell

Off Campus Writers’ Workshop

Northwestern University Summer Writing Conference

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