Kelle Schillaci Clarke is a writer, journalist, and editor. Her fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Penn Review, LEON Literary Review, CHEAP POP, Los Angeles Review, Superstition Review, Barren Magazine, Bending Genres, Gone Lawn, Flash Frog, Lumiere Review, Tiny Molecules, Cabinet of Heed, Orange Blossom Review, Cease, Cows, Emerge Literary Journal, Reckon Review, Cotton Xenomorph, and other journals. Her short stories have been nominated for Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fiction awards, and her story “Snow Day” was included in the Wigleaf Top 50 2022. She was awarded the Pen Parentis Fellowship for 2021-2022. She earned her MFA from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, after which she spent over a decade triangulating the Los Angeles-area freeway system serving as an adjunct in multiple L.A. school districts. In addition to teaching college-level writing, literature and business courses, she has worked as an Arts and Theater journalist, a marketing communication specialist, a freelance copywriter, and a college textbook publishing project manager. She is currently a senior communications manager on the AWS public sector field marketing team, focused on customer story-telling for organizations in the government, education, healthcare, satellite, and nonprofit spaces.
Kelle lives in Seattle with her daughter and is working on both a short story collection and an environmental, matrilinear novel that takes place in the Pacific Northwest, incorporating the plight of the diminishing Southern Resident orca pods native to the Salish Sea. Her words and work can be found on Twitter @kelle224 and on her website at http://www.kelleclarkecreative.com.
Her corporate communications work samples can be found here.