Current Writing Fellow 2021-2022 – Kelle Schillaci Clarke
The winning story:
“Dear Barbie Arm on the Corner of Fifth and Market” (read it now in Dreamers Creative Writing!)
Kelle Schillaci Clarke is a Seattle-based writer with deep L.A. roots. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Los Angeles Review, LEON Literary Review, Gone Lawn, Superstition Review, Barren Magazine, Bending Genres, CHEAP POP, and other literary journals. She holds an MFA from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, but left the desert in favor of the beautiful PNW, where she now lives with her husband and 7-year-old daughter.
Kelle has worked as an arts and theater journalist, a marketing communication specialist, and a project manager for a college textbook publisher. She is currently working on a short story collection and a matrilineal novel that takes place in the Pacific Northwest, incorporating the plight of the diminishing Southern Resident Killer Whales native to the Salish Sea. She was recently granted the Pen Parentis Fellowship for 2021-2022. She can be found on Twitter @kelle224 and at her website: www.kelleclarkecreative.com.
Inducted in November 2021, since that time, Kelle has had a story accepted by The Penn Review!