Music and Silence: A Conversation with Kelly J. Beard


Kelly J. Beard’s first full-length memoir, An Imperfect Rapture, won the 2017 Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Before becoming an author, Kelly practiced employment discrimination law in the Atlanta area for two decades, during which time she received multiple awards for her legal and community service, including being recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and receiving a certificate of recognition from the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for her service. In 2016, while continuing to practice law part-time, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work appears in literary journals including Creative Nonfiction, Santa Ana River Review, Five Points, Bacopa Literary Review, and others. In June of 2019, Kelly won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for Memoir.

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“…gorgeous forthcoming memoir.”

“Right now, sitting on my nightstand under a lamp whose broken base makes the shade lean forward a bit too much, are the books I’ve read in the last couple of weeks or so and the ones I’m getting ready to read next. They are: the gorgeous forthcoming memoir ‘An Imperfect Rapture,’ by Kelly J. Beard.”
— New York Times Interview featuring Andre Dubus III

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JAN. 15, 2019
Sarah of GSMC Book Review Podcast chats with Kelly J. Beard about her memoir, An Imperfect Rapture. Beard writes of the difficult subjects of her childhood with candor, grace, and beauty, telling the story of a journey that might seem impossible to many.

NOV. 24, 2018
Blogtalkradio host Cyrus Webb interviewed Kelly J. Beard about sharing her story and the reader responses she has received for An Imperfect Rapture. Listen to the interview:


NOV. 20, 2018
Kelly J. Beard was recently interviewed in WE magazine for women, a prestigious online magazine that highlights women who are on a mission.
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