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Mary Torre Kelly

Fiction Writer
Atlanta, GA

MARY TORRE KELLY 1176 ST. LOUIS PLACE ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30306 404/872-0934 noonie@mindspring.com BIO 2008 Mary Torre Kelly grew up in South Florida at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution. She studied literature and art at Florida State University, and earned a Bachelor Fine Arts Degree from the Atlanta College Of Art. She attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop in 1989, and, in 1990, won a tuition grant to Emory University Writers' Institute for her fictional memoir, GUAVA DREAMS, then a work-in-progress. In 1997, she attended the New York State Writers' Institute at Skidmore to workshop her unpublished novels. Based on GUAVA DREAMS, she was awarded a Tennessee Williams Scholarship in 1998 to attend the Sewanee Writers' Conference. THE TELEVISIONARY won her a tuition grant to attend the Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference in 2000. She was a semi-finalist in the New Millennium Awards for her short story THAT AWFUL FAMILY, and a 2001 finalist in The New Century Writer Awards for the screenplay of THE TELEVISIONARY. In 2008, her short story LOVE ON THE SIDELINES was filmed as a short movie (LOVE BIRDS) screenplay written by Sarah Martin, at Boston University. She was awarded a space in fiction at the 2008 Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Before becoming a writer, Mary was an artist, and then a top million dollar sales agent, who raised her two kids on Real Estate. In 1984, Mary published her first short story, THE FLAMINGO AND THE SNOWMAN in TOUCHSTONE magazine. In 1985, she won a Redbook short story prize for HOLDING HARMLESS. Mary has since published short stories in PLEIADES, THE SUN, GRASSLANDS REVIEW, BLACK RIVER REVIEW, THE SOUTHERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, POETS, ARTISTS & MADMEN, NEW SOUTH REVIEW, MANZANITA, and others. In 2004 GUAVA DREAMS, a fictional memoir, was published in a P.O.D. edition Mary is a guest reader-speaker at June Akers Seese’s Memoir Class at Callanwolde, in Atlanta, and makes time for book club groups reading GUAVA DREAMS. She is always working on short stories, and tweaking her new novel, an urban fantasy, THE TELEVISIONARY.

Waqas Khwaja

Poet
Decatur, GA

Waqas Khwaja is Professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at Agnes Scott College, where he teaches courses in Victorian poetry and fiction, British Romanticism, Narratives of Empire, Gothic literature, Postcolonial World literature, and Creative Writing. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Emory University, and LL.B. from the Punjab University, Lahore, in addition to an honorary fellowship from the International Writing Program, University of Iowa. He has published three collections of original poetry, No One Waits for the Train, Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum, and Mariam’s Lament, in addition to Writers and Landscapes, a literary travelogue about his experiences with the International Writers Program, University of Iowa, and three anthologies of Pakistani literature in translation, Cactus, Mornings in the Wilderness, and Short Stories from Pakistan. He was translation editor (and contributing translator) for Modern Poetry of Pakistan, a National Endowment of the Arts project, which showcases nearly 150 poems from Pakistan’s national and regional languages and has guest-edited a special issue of scholarly articles on Pakistani Literature for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. A regular contributor to The Frontier Post, The Pakistan Economic Review, The Pakistan Times, News International, The Nation, and The Friday Times between 1983 and 1992, he was a practicing lawyer and visiting professor of law in Pakistan before migrating to the U.S. in 1994 to pursue an academic career in literature. He has translated Pakistani poetry and fiction from Urdu, Punjabi, and Seraiki into English and published scholarly articles on writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural traditions and on subjects as wide-ranging as literature and economics, history, culture, and politics. A special issue on Pakistani poetry that he guest edited for Atlanta Review, Vol XX, No. 2, was released in Spring 2014. His own poems have appeared in US, Pakistani, European, and Far Eastern publications, literary journals and anthologies.

Ellen Lindquist

Fiction Writer, Poet
Atlanta, GA

Delisa Mulkey

Poet
Forest Park, GA

Jason Myers

Poet
Atlanta, GA

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