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Writer and editor Kelsey Down lives in small-town Tennessee with her partner, daughter, cat, and two dogs. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, and she also studied creative writing as an Oxford University summer scholar. Her writing has placed in the Ann Doty Short Fiction Contest and the David O. McKay Essay Contest; her short fiction has been published in The Nashville Review and Storm Cellar. She is represented by Becky LeJeune at Bond Literary Agency.

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A creek running through the woods


1 April 2020

Published in The Nashville Review, Issue 31, this short story about a drunken jaunt through wild woods documents the elastic nature of romantic and platonic relationships.


29 August 2016

In this short story published in Storm Cellar, Issue 4.2, a young woman finds herself bowled over by a sudden and uncontrollable obsession.

Tomato slices in a blue bowl

"A word after a word
after a word is power."

Margaret Atwood


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