Kelly Q. Anderson is a Chicago-based writer and former newspaper columnist specializing in creative nonfiction, poetry, flash, and (most upsettingly) fragments. Her work has been featured in Capsule Stories, Lucky Jefferson, Chicago 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 a B.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Communications Studies from the University of Iowa, and further studied at The Writer’s Loft in Chicago. She is the Director of Promotions with Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop and her short story ‘Outfit of the Day’ was anthologized in ‘Turning Points,’ the 75th Anniversary Anthology by OCWW ( Windy City Press, 2021). It is available wherever books are sold.

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