Kelly Reading at Local Author Book Fair – June 22

Kelly will be reading at the Burlington Public Library’s Local Author Book Fair this Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Lots of cool stuff to see and do: books to buy, Crime Panel Discussion, and a Summer Reading Kick-Off Party. The event goes from 10-2 p.m. at BPL’s Central Branch, 2331 New Street.

Kelly Reading at 6-Minute Memoirs – June 23/2019

Kelly will be reading at the upcoming  6 Minute Memoirs, this June 23rd. A special “Best Of” edition of the popular “speed storytelling” event is scheduled at The Westdale as part of Hamilton, ArtsFest on Sunday, June 23rd from 7-9 p.m. Thirteen Hamiltonians will share true-life tales to raise money for a good cause. They include: Kate Cayley, Jeff Mahoney, Kelly Watt and Lori Yates. The organizer Anne Bokma promises you’ll laugh and cry!


kelly wins honourable mention GritLit April 2019

Kelly’s short memoir  The Road for Conquering won an honourable mention in the 2019 Grit Lit creative non-fiction contest. You can read her piece at

Kelly makes CBC Short Story Contest longlist

My short story Fall of the High Flyers has been long listed

for the CBC Short Story Contest this April 2018. Thank you CBC!

Congrats to all my fellow writers.

Check it out at: http://News story:

Kelly reads at 6 Minute Memoirs in Hamilton

The theme this month: The Great Escape!

Kelly reads from her short story “White Bird Rising”

In the spirit of #metoo, I’m sharing my short story, “White Bird Rising,” a piece I wrote about a violent childhood sexual abuse experience, (trigger warning) that was published originally in The Malahat Review, Issue: Winter 1992/93. To my sisters and fellow survivors, remember the body may be broken, but the spirit will overcome. I wish hope and healing for everyone in 2018!

Kelly at Telling Tales, Westfield Village 2017

Telling Tales Children’s Literacy Festival

Westfield Village- 2017

I had fun this past weekend volunteering at the Book Swap at Telling Tales. What a great festival. Spent the afternoon in the shade at the bandstand listening to wonderful children’s authors: Kevin Sylvester, Itah Sadu, and Emma Donoghue, who signed a book and even posed for a photo!!!

Kelly wins Honourable Mention 2017

Kelly’s short story won an Honourable Mention in Hamilton’s Short Works Prize Awards, November 2017. Award ceremony was held at the Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Blvd. Hamilton, November 12th 1:30 p.m.

Short story published in The Broken Plate Spring 2016

Check out my short story, Other People’s Children, in the spring 2016 issue of The Broken Plate. It’s an edgy short piece about a woman coming to terms with childlessness.

The Broken Plate Spring 2016

The Broken Plate