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Margot Anne Kelley was born in 1963 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and grew up in Clinton, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in English at the College of the Holy Cross, her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature at Indiana University, and her M.F.A. in media and performing arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Prior to receiving her M.F.A., she spent a decade as a faculty member in the Department of English at Ursinus College. She spent much of the next decade teaching photography and art theory at the Art Institute of Boston, before becoming the Interim Director of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2011. Currently, she is the executive director of the K2 Family Foundation, Chairman of the Board of ORION magazine, and an adviser or board member for a number of other nonprofits focused on finding creative approaches to living more sustainably. She is the editor of Gloria Naylor's Early Novels (Florida, 1999) and the author of Local Treasures: Geocaching across America (Center for American Places, 2006) and a chapbook of poems, The Thing about the Wind (Fiddlehead Press, 2012). Her writings have appeared in Antipodas, African American Review, Interfaces, The Maine Review, Modern Drama, and many anthologies, including Ethnicity and the American Short Story (Routledge, 1997) and Quilt Culture: Tracing the Pattern (Missouri, 1994). Her photographs and other artworks have appeared in exhibitions and galleries throughout the United States, among them the Berman Museum of Art, Copley Society of Art, Photographic Resource Center, Center for Creative Photography, AXIOM Gallery, and Sam Lee Gallery. Her photographs are also included in corporate and private collections and in the permanent collections of the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art and Berman Museum of Art. She resides with her husband, Rob, in Port Clyde, Maine.






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