Shannon Kelley

I’m a writer and author living in California and dreaming of New Orleans.

I write primarily about the intersection of politics, pop culture, and feminism, as well as food, travel, and health. My book, Undecided (Seal Press, 2011), is about how being raised on the messages that women can have it all and can do anything they want has serious downsides when you’re living in a world whose structures and attitudes have not exactly caught up. My story “Something Worth Saving,” from the anthology Submerged (Stepsister Press, 2008)—about my time driving across the country and working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina—was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. My work has been featured in Talking Points Memo, TakePart, 7x7, the HuffingtonPost, CSM, Health, Woman’s Day, 805 Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, and in the Santa Barbara Independent, where I was an editor for almost ten years.

In addition to writing and reading, I’m passionate about running, traveling, cooking, and my senile hound dog that, incidentally, recently was bit in the face by a rattlesnake. (Note: Antivenin is expensive.) I’ve done an archaeological dig in Israel, hitchhiked around Egypt, distributed prenatal vitamins in the small villages of Western Kenya, and jumped out of several perfectly good airplanes. I eat chocolate for breakfast and am obsessed with goats.

Currently cooking up a couple of new book proposals (and something delicious for dinner).