Kelly Q. Anderson

Storyteller. Iowa Hawkeye. Yogi. VP of OCWW.

Let’s get acquainted.

Kelly Q. Anderson is an award-winning writer and the Vice-President of Off Campus Writers’ Workshop. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Atticus Review, The Citron Review, Stanchion Zine, Scrawl Place, The REVIVAL Zine at Cornell, Five Minute Lit, and more. In 2022, she was awarded a 1st Prize Fellowship for Flash Fiction/ Nonfiction with The Porches in Norwood, Virginia. Additionally, she served as a writer-in-residence at The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and Best MicroFiction, and has been optioned for film adaptation and public art. She is the artist behind #FlashCardsbyKQA, micro-stories with a maximalist touch.

Fostering a passion for inclusion, Ms. Anderson 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, and Moms Demand Action (Winnetka).

Ms. Anderson holds two degrees from the University of Iowa and further studied at StoryStudio and The Writer’s Loft.

Her work has been anthologized in the following books:
Turning Points (Windy City Publishers, 2021)
Capsule Stories, (Capsule Stories, 2021)
Meaningful Conflicts (Windy City Publishers, 2023)


Flash Fiction



Creative Nonfiction

(Mediocre) Poetry

Public Art

Academia & Study

University of Iowa, School of Journalism & Mass Communication


The Writer’s Loft


Off Campus Writers’ Workshop

Northwestern University Summer Writing Conference

The Porches: Fellow

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow: Writer-in-Residence

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