Kelly kepner

YA writer




"Mushrooms and moonbeams"

Under the Gum Tree, Issue 23

"The transformation that happens in the shadows and in the steaming, that to me is where the beauty lies. Where the garden begins."


short fiction


"The dimples his mother loved"

Three Rivers Review, Issue 17

"He stood rigid like the kitchen chairs and tried to figure out what his aunt was hiding underneath her dress. From the shape of the bulges, he guessed that she was probably storing pork. At least that would explain the smell."


Book Reviews


"Rust Belt boy: Stories of an american childhood," by Paul Hertneky

Coal Hill Review

"Rust Belt Boy offers an honest glimpse through the windows of mid-century Pittsburgh duplexes; from immigration, corruption, complacency, and resiliency, Hertneky lays the scaffolding of the city’s past and leaves readers feeling optimistic about the next wave of innovation."