Kelly Swope is a senior at Vanderbilt University, studying languages and philosophy. He works at a coffeehouse and enjoys riding his “scrappy old Schwinn”.

Kelly originally hails from the small town of Granville, Ohio. He began writing poetry ten years ago and has periodically dabbled in short fiction, lately preferring the latter. His first published work, “The Man in the Refrigerator,” appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Laundry, receiving the award for the issue’s best prose fiction piece.

Kelly’s favorite blues album is probably Blues Singer by Buddy Guy and his favorite novelist (at least of late) is Kazuo Ishiguro. Next year he hopes to attend graduate school in a city near water, where he intends to continue writing.