Victoria Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard University. A U.S. Mitchell Scholar, she received her M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

She is the author of Homefront (Engine Books 2021), Mrs. Houdini (Simon & Schuster/Atria Book 2016), When the Men Go Off to War (Naval Institute Press 2015), and Prayers of an American Wife (Autumn House Press 2012). 

Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review and numerous other journals and anthologies. Her novel Mrs. Houdini was a People Magazine Best New Book, a USA Today New and Noteworthy Book, a Jeopardy Pick and a Publishers Weekly Starred Debut.


She lives in the DC area with her husband and two young daughters.



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