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James Patrick Kelly, Science Fiction Writer, Nottingham

James Patrick Kelly James Patrick Kelly has authored five novels and more than 60 published stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows.  His novella BURN was awarded the 2007 Nebula Award by the Science Fiction Writers of America.  He is also a two-time winner of the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award for his novelettes Think Like A Dinosaur and Ten to the Sixteenth to One.

Other books include Strange But Not a Stranger (2002), Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997), Wildlife (1994), Heroines (1990), Look into the Sun (1989), Freedom Beach with John Kessel (1986) and Planet of Whispers (1984). His fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. He has also co-edited two anthologies, Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) and Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007). 

He writes a column on the internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. He posts two weekly podcasts: Free Reads and James Patrick Kelly's Storypod. He is the vice chair of the Clarion Foundation, which oversees the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop. He served on the New Hampshire State Arts Council from 1998 to 2006 and was Chairman from 2004 to 2006. He has also served on the board of the New England Foundation For The Arts.

His childhood interest in history has found an outlet in the plays he has written. He has authored I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight about John Paul Jones, and The Duel, a what-if account, that takes as its point of departure the famous incident between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. He has a third play in the works about the Booth brothers, both well-known actors, one of whom made his mark on history as Abraham Lincoln’s assassin.

After his graduation from Notre Dame, where he majored in English, he worked in public relations. The turning point for him was attending the six-week Clarion Science Fiction Workshop in Maine in 1974 where he wrote his first commercially successful story. He says that he considers the intense work at Clarion as equivalent to an MFA. In 1990 he was invited to join the faculty of Clarion and now serves on their board as assistant chair.

While working with young writers he stresses the importance of submitting work to publications that publish their type of writing. Lamenting the increasing inclination toward technology, he offers this advice: “make sure that you read the publications that you’re sending your work to. The more appropriate the work to the publication, the higher your chances.”

This is the second NH Fellowship that James Patrick Kelly has received. His first was awarded in 1996.


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