I’m thrilled to officially announced that I am now represented by Transatlantic Agency and Stephanie Sinclair. Stephanie has believed in my intended project for more than a year, and I’m now proud of the collection of essays I have prepared to reflect on life in basic training.
From the Transatlantic Announcement:
Kelly is a former Captain in the Canadian Forces but retired after an injury. She has a degree in Professional Writing from York and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and is now a writer and editor based out of the Toronto area. Her work has appeared in several publications including Chatelaine, The Tyee, Enterprise and more. Her essay, “We Are a (Military) Family,” published in Heritage House Press’s Embedded on the Home Front, won the 2013 Barbara Novak Award for Personal Essay, and the book went on to win a CBC Bookie Award. Her latest essay, “Strip, Reveal and Sex Appeal,” appeared in Caitlin Press’s Boobs. Kelly was also shortlisted for Room magazine‘s 2013 and 2014 Non Fiction contest and the 2017 winner of the House of Anansi Press Golden Anniversary Award.
Kelly is working on a memoir about her time in the Canadian Armed Forces- dispelling rumours and highlighting truths about the realities of basic training. While managing physical demands that broke her body and her emotional limits, navigating a masculinized culture that involved daily harassment, exploring the pride of carrying on a family tradition, and searching for an artistic identity amongst a career that demands conformity, Thompson examines life as a soldier while maintaining a sense of self and femininity and of course, finding love.
Kelly is represented by Stephanie Sinclair.