Ava Kelly (they/them) is an engineer with a deep passion for stories. Whether reading, watching, or writing them, Ava has always been surrounded by tales of all genres. Their goal is to bring more stories into the world, especially those of friendship and compassion, those dedicated to trope subversion, those that give the void a voice, and those that spawn worlds of their own. Long ago, Ava began the trek through the artworld with photography, the cello, and poetry. In another artlife—because what is engineering if not creation—Ava is tinkering with artificial intelligence, robots, and all sorts of systems, but that is nothing compared to the challenge of food making. Currently, Ava enjoys experimenting with recipes, with about half successes. And half works in progress—insert wise wink here. As in, we are all journeys, not destinations. Among their latest works are the award-winning novel Havesskadi; the short story “A Sudden Displacement of Matter” part of the Lambda-nominated anthology Trans-Galactic Bike Ride: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories of Transgender and Nonbinary Adventurers; and the illustrated dual language book of nonbinary fairy tales, Alia Terra – Stories from the Dragon Realm.
Ava is a contributing author to the House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Volume 3 with the short story “The Lightkeeper.”