From the early days when her father read Sherlock Holmes to her and her little brother or spun fantastical yarns about vampires chasing him at the Jersey shore, Kirkley knew she wanted to tell stories. Kirkley is a former Leighton Artists Colony writing fellow at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Her work has been published in Turk’s Head Review‘s best pieces of the year, 34th Parallel, Philadelphia Weekly, The Write Launch, Litro Magazine‘s #EssaySaturday column, Extract(s), and elsewhere. She also had a brief stint as an English language editor at InTouch Zhejiang and Hangzhou Weekly in China. Kirkley enjoys world travel, as seen in this picture above, where she stands in a Venetian library. Her sister likes to call her “Lady Magellan.” She is also an avid and eclectic music fan, learning, playing, and producing music in her spare time.