photo by Drew Altizer, San Francisco

photo by Drew Altizer, San Francisco

[Booking Kelly for events goes through Brenda Kane at APB]

Some things you wouldn’t know about me from my books:

My favorite thing to do is talk to other writers, super-brains like Margaret Atwood, Jason Segel, BJ Novak, Mary Roach and Anne Lamott.  I've loved these conversations and will be launching a podcast series with KQED this fall.

I’m working on a novel, a story about... I can’t tell you yet.  It’s way too soon.  But it’s a great challenge for me and I hope to impress you one day with my versatility as a writer.  Or at least not humiliate myself. 

I worry constantly, about my husband getting in a car accident or my kids getting snatched by a desperado or a mole on my nose turning out to be the thing that does me in.  However, I believe worry is the backside of gratitude, so that means that when I get anxious, I am actually acutely feeling my good fortune.  And clinging to it with both hands.

I love live performances of almost any kind, especially music but also lectures and readings and plays. Some favorites: Hamilton, Beck, Patty Griffin and listening to Marilynne Robinson or David Sedaris read anything.

I worked in non-profits for ten years. That decade created my worldview, which goes: people are struggling; make yourself useful. My big project is Notes & Words, which puts musicians and writers on stage together at The Paramount Theater in front of 2,000 donors of Children’s Hospital Oakland, where my daughter was treated for Meningitis.

I went to three great schools: Radnor High School, where Dr. Mary Anne Capa showed me what actual scholarship looks like; The University of Richmond, which was a whole lot of fun and introduced me to some of my all-time favorite people; and San Francisco State University (for a Masters in Literature) where I was humbled by 1,000 page-a-week reading assignments and floored that for $600 a semester, I could sit in weekly seminars with professors like Michael Krasny (host of KQED Forum) and Bruce Avery.

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As for the family, we are missing Greenie terribly.  My mom is still selling Real Estate on the Main Line and keeping the house we grew up in from falling to pieces.  My brother George is a big time recruiter, as well as a terribly good golfer and a rock and roll musician, and my other brother, Booker, is a lacrosse announcer for ESPN and has his own sports talk radio show.  

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Edward runs the business side of Medium, the most beautiful place on the Internet in both mission and appearance.  It was founded by one of them Twitter guys, the benevolent Ev Williams, to share stories and ideas.  Because the site is awesome, I post frequently.   

Lastly, the girls are coming right along.  My 14 year-old lives for lacrosse and making sure I'm not embarrassing her on my Instagram account; my 13 year-old is obsessed with Greek Gods and Meghan Trainor and a new curling rod some lady at the mall sold us one afternoon when my guard was down, something my mother finds very funny.