Kelly McKeown ’16 is a first-semester senior and an English/writing major from Mahopac, N.Y.
When asked why she chose to come to Green Mountain College, she said “I transferred here from the University of Vermont because I like the idea of being in smaller class sizes and having professors actually know me, especially with a major like creative writing.”
She really likes the personal feedback she gets from her professors here. “UVM didn’t offer creative writing as a major. They only have journalism, so I decided to look into other schools here; I really like Vermont so I wanted to stay around.”
Kelly has always loved to write. In high school, she won her a Young Author’s Award. “Lately, I’ve been taking more interest in the idea of publishing/editing, so I like to still write in my free time but I would love the idea of editing other people’s manuscripts and publishing their novels as well.”
While Kelly first love is fiction—she enjoys short story writing—she has gotten more involved with journalism, writing about social justice issues like reproductive rights. She’s also getting into free writing and poetry. Currently, she runs open-mic nights at the Coffee House, located in Moses basement.
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg have influenced Kelly when it comes to her writing style. “They don’t really adhere to a particular style in terms of short stories.” She also likes David Sedaris “because he’s really cynical and sarcastic, which is definitely a certain additive of my writing. I like being satirical.”
Kelly has contributed to The Mountaineer, the student-run newspaper here at GMC, and to the The Reverie and several websites.
After graduation, Kelly is looking into getting a publishing internship. Then she’d like to join the Peace Corps, traveling to foreign countries and teaching children English. Once she’s finished with that, she is looking into attending graduate school.
-by Megan Healey ’16