Kelly is a mixed-race writer who has always gravitated towards stories about crossing boundaries and forging new identities. Her upcoming young-adult novel, Agnes at the End of the World (Little, Brown, Young Readers, 2020), benefited from a We Need Diverse Books mentorship. Kelly has previously worked as a staff writer for Romper, covering issues important to women and families. When she's not writing, she's reading, cooking (with mixed results), or hiking in the gorgeous Colorado mountains. She lives in Colorado Springs with her partner and young daughter.