Essayist, Poet


"The Hat Box"

"Do No Harm"



"How to Teach Your Children to Love Poetry"


Kelly Fig Smith is the winner of Creative Nonfiction’s $1,000 prize for best essay in The Memoir Issue. Her essay, "Do No Harm," was chosen by the magazine’s editors from more than 1,700 submissions. In it, she meditates on the experience of loss and the fragile nature of memory, writing: "In the aftermath of a traumatic event, some details recede to the blurry gray edges of the frame while others stand up, stiff like colorful pop-up book cutouts, their bright reds and greens imprinted upon the forefront of memory." 






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Kelly is an award-winning essayist and a Pushcart nominee. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Lesley University.


Her essay “Do No Harm” was awarded the $1000 Best Essay Prize and appeared in Creative Nonfiction’s Issue #55, The Memoir Issue, Spring 2015.

Her essay, "Paper Moon" was shortlisted for The Pinch's 2017 Literary Award.

Kelly enjoys the quiet life of rural Ohio. When she's not chasing children around the house, she can usually be found corn field watching from beneath an apple tree in her backyard.

Kelly is currently seeking representation for her first book, "Whale Lines: Lessons on How to Lose", a memoir in essays. Connect with Kelly on Twitter @WhaleLines


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