Monday, December 18, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 18, 1957 – Mike Kelsay

Michael Kelsay was born on December 18, 1957, in Huntington, West Virginia. He moved to Lexington, Kentucky, in 1974, graduated from Tates Creek High School, and then attended the University of Kentucky, where he earned a BA in English. In 1990, he moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to attend McNeese State University, where he studied writing under Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler (Good Scent from a Strange Mountain) and earned an MFA in Creative Writing. In 1993, he returned to Kentucky.

In 2001, Kelsay published his first novel, Too Close to Call, which was critically well-received but sold only a few thousand copies. Kelsay was also the principal writer of Kentucky Hardwood, a book that accompanied Kentucky Educational Television's five-hour documentary Basketball in Kentucky, on which he also worked as writer, researcher, and interviewer. 

Kelsay's work has also appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, Writer's Digest, and numerous newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Charlotte Observer.

He has won Virginia Quarterly Review's Emily Clark Balch Award for best fiction and has twice been awarded Al Smith Fellowships by the Kentucky Arts Council.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Kelsay, Michael. Too Close to Call. Jackson: U of Mississippi, 2001. Print.
PS3611.E47 T6 2001, Special Collections Research Center

Thurman, Tom., Robert H. Booth, Marilyn. Myers, Michael. Kelsay, Bob Edwards, and Kentucky Educational Television. Basketball in Kentucky Great Balls of Fire. Lexington, Ky.]: KET, 2002.
AV-D7721, Young Media Library

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