James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows.  His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages.  With John Kessel he is co-editor of the anthologies Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology,  Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka, The Secret History Of Science Fiction, Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology and SFWA’s Nebula Awards Showcase 2012.  He has created two podcasts, James Patrick Kelly’s Storypod on Audible.com and the Free Reads Podcast.  He writes a column on the internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.  


His short novel Burn won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 2007He has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his novelette, “Ten to the Sixteenth to One.”  He is author of eight novels, and more than a hundred and twenty stories.

Awards and Memberships

Winner, World Science Fiction Society's Achievement Award (Hugo):  1996, “Think Like A Dinosaur,” 2000, 1016 to 1.”  Finalist, Hugo Award: 1987, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011.                

Winner, SFWA's Nebula Award:  Burn, 2007.  Finalist: 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998,    2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011                                                              

Winner, Locus Magazine Award for Best Short Story of 1998, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Winner, Outstanding Work of Fiction 2009, New Hampshire Writers Project                                                                  

Fellowship, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts 1996, 2007

1998-2006 Appointed by the Governor to the NH State Council on the Arts, 2004-2006 Served as Chair of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Related Experience

Jim has decades of experience teaching creative writing at all levels from elementary schools to senior citizen homes.  As an artist in residence with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts he has visited more than 100 elementary, middle and high schools and has eaten more bad lunches than he cares to remember.  A graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, he has taught at Clarion, Clarion West, and the Odyssesy summer workshops on fifteen separate occasions.  He currently serves on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.  He has been writing a column on the impact of the internet on science fiction and vice versa for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine since 2005.   He has a keen interest in audio theater and theater for the stage, with a dozen scripts produced.  He was one of the first professional science fiction writers to podcast his work.  Some sixty of his stories are available on Audible, performed by himself.

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