About

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Update! I have a new website, friends. You can find me here now: http://kellijoford.com/. Thank you!

These days, I live in Virginia with my husband Scott, daughter Cypress, and dog Sylvia Plath Weaver-Ford. I’m a member of the Cherokee Nation and honored to be first in my family to graduate from college and to have completed an M.F.A. at George Mason University

I was awarded a 2012-13 Dobie Paisano Fellowship through the University of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters and a 2016 Elizabeth George Foundation grant. I’m currently putting the finishing touches on Crooked Hallelujah, a collection of linked stories about a mixed-blood Cherokee mother and daughter who move from Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country to North Texas to start life anew amidst the oil bust of the 1980s. 
 

I have work published or forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and New Delta Review, among other places. I'm pretty stoked to say that I'm represented by Adam Eaglin at Elyse Cheney Literary Associates. 


Contact me at ford.kel [at] gmail or on Twitter: @kellijoford