Laura Kelly’s collection of stories and poetry Dispatches From the Republic of Otherness was published by WhatinTheWorldbooks (an imprint of Fretwater Press) in 2011. The book, which sprang from experiences as a Fullbright Scholar teaching journalism in Tirana, Albania in 1997, roams through worldwide travels and teaching/journalism work in Kosovo, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. Kelly was the recipient of a Knight International Press Fellowship and taught at Florida International University in Miami and the American University in Bulgaria. In addition her non-fiction work has appeared in Under the Sun, Callalloo, and Story. She has been a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and travel writer and is currently the executive director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.