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.