Corona Chronicle Winner

NEWS: Honored to announce that I was named the second-place winner of The Corona Chronicle Essay Contest and will have my essay published in the forthcoming anthology from Ellipsis Rare Books.

50% of all proceeds from submissions to this charitable, community history writing project, collecting the unique perspectives of New Yorkers living through an uncertain period in the City’s history will be donated to the Food Bank For New York City.

Ophelia at 30

The Palm Circle Press Short Story Anthology, which includes my piece, “Ophelia at 30,” as well as awesome work by a number of talented writers is officially available in ebook and paperback. Click here to grab yourself a copy.

I’m thrilled to have my story included in this diverse collection. Here’s a few words from the foreword:

I’m so incredibly proud of this anthology. I’m proudest of how the diversity in these stories abstractly synchs with their similarities. There’s an odd alchemy at work. There’s a touching love poem written by a 105-year-old woman. There’s a story about a woman murdering her husband to escape his abuse. There’s even a story about alien abduction…

Lee Anderson, Palm Circle Press

News! Corona Chronicle Semi-Finalist

The 21 essays selected from our entries demonstrated a depth of thought and engagement with their subject matter and details that we felt best captured the experiences and questions of New Yorkers over the last year.

Ellipses Rare Books

Honored to share that I have been selected as a semi-finalist in The Corona Chronicle Essay Contest from Ellipsis Rare Books in support of the Food Bank for New York Citythe provider of 80 million free meals per year for hungry and homeless New Yorkers.

Happy 80th Sir Patrick Stewart!

Art: MRCokeley Design

Happy Birthday, Patrick Stewart! Last fall, I had the honor of writing about how the iconic Jean-Luc Picard is my hero – in any time period.

Click here to read The Strength of Jean-Luc Picard on Humungus.

Follow @SirPatStew on Twitter for #ASonnetADay. His 80th Sonnet came on the eve of his 80th birthday.

Please wear a mask for all the reasons but if for no other reason than to keep Sir Patrick Stewart safe!

Questionable Caretaker

The All-American Aversion to Showing Weakness Does More Harm Than Good

I didn’t imagine that leaving New York to go take care of my parents for the summer would be easy. It never occurred to me, however, that the hardest part would be making the Floridians around us wear masks.

Here, doing the one thing that dramatically reduces COVID-19 transmission is often viewed as acting like a “liberal baby.” This is a rub because the cultural pressure to not show weakness is how my family got in this mess.

Click here to read about Days 1-10 of my caretaking adventures on Medium.

Summer Coaching Special

“Ms. Kelly Jean was a thoughtful and dedicated writing coach. She helped us open up by being honest and open with us.”

Click here to read more testimonials.

The college admissions process is stressful even in the best of times.

Have or know a high school student looking for support as they write their college admissions essays?

Contact me at kjfitzsimmons@gmail.com to learn more about this special summer coaching package for 1, 2, or 3 students.

Working together makes things more social, plus they get to split the fee!

Newtown Literary

Honored to be on editorial review board at Newtown Literary.

We here at Newtown Literary stand against racism and injustice of any kind. We honor George Floyd and countless others who have paid the price of white supremacy with their lives, many in New York City. We acknowledge the life-and-death nature of this situation. #BlackLivesMatter is a universal truth. Black people have the same rights as everyone else, and we condemn the abhorrent act of disregarding anyone’s right to life and liberty based on the color of their skin. The rights to learn, create, and succeed in the literary community fall under this banner.

Read the full statement on Newtown Literary’s Facebook page.

Workshop Creator Scholarship

Grateful and thrilled to be awarded a scholarship for the May cohort of the Workshop Creator program run by Wavetable!

Transitioning my work online is a need as I struggle to regain my livelihood. However, I want to design engaging and openhearted virtual workshops that help high school students tell their stories for college application essays in an authentic voice.

Personal storytelling is essential right now as a way for students to connect by sharing in each other’s experiences.

Click here to learn more about Wavetable and how to join us in May.