Ward Kelley has seen his stories and poems appear in hundreds of journals world wide. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose publication credits include such journals as: Plainsongs, Karamu, Another Chicago Magazine, Strange Horizons, Spillway, GSU Review, Rattle, The Chaffin Journal, Midstream, Zuzu’s Petals, Ginger Hill, Sunstone, Pif, Whetstone, Melic Review, Thunder Sandwich, Potpourri and Skylark. The recipient of the Nassau Review Poetry Award for 2001, Kelley is also the author of “histories of souls,” a poetry collection, and he has an epic poem, “comedy incarnate” on CD and CD ROM.
Kelley holds a Masters of Creative Writing. He published two novels “Divine Murder” and “Keenly Alive, Tony.” He also published two management theory books, “Warehouse Productivity” (2005Distribution Group, New York NY), and “Zen of Warehouse Management” (2005Distribution Group, New York NY), under the name Pat Kelley.
As for me, I’m a retired business executive who oversaw seven distribution centers in the division reporting to me. I only mention this because in a sense the daimon that propels my occupation also propels my writing. For instance, Gertrude Stein once said, “If Mr. Robert Frost is at all good as a poet, it is because he is a farmer – really in his mind a farmer, I mean.” So in my mind am I a businessman who writes, or a writer successful at business? Who knows? Yet I tread carefully with this balance for fear my daimon will leave me, or my greed will taunt me for decades.
Formerly I managed distribution centers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Arizona and Illinois. I now live outside of Indianapolis after toiling with much determination on my crop of children, having adopted six wonderful girls and fostering several others.