“These are tough and tender stories that take hold, and linger.” – ECW Press
Adrian Michael Kelly is a writer of short fiction, fiction, and essayist. He is the author of the novel Down Sterling Road. His short fiction has appeared in three compilations of Best Canadian Stories and in the Journey Prize Anthology, and his essays and journalism have appeared in The Globe & Mail, the Calgary Herald, CNQ: Canadian Notes and Queries, and other periodicals. He holds a doctorate in English (with a creative writing focus) and has taught writing and literature to students and professionals worldwide.
The Ambassador of What, Adrian’s debut book of short stories, offers a collection of linked stories about fathers, sons, and the complicated reality that is family. In the linked tales, Adrian explores the struggles of real, tough, and tender characters as they navigate universal themes like masculinity, money and its lack, the long haunt of childhood, marriage and divorce. Author Aritha van Herk praises his writing, saying “Adrian Michael Kelly has captured the bittersweet ache of growing pains and growing up, of adolescent loss and daydream and rage.”
Adrian was born in Timmins, grew up in Campbellford, and currently lives in Kingston.
Appearing in: Tough and Tender: Visceral Short Fiction