Interview for Louisiana Considered

I spoke with host Adam Vos about the rising and falling of the Mississippi’s bed, one of many unintended consequences of last-century’s river management. As one scientist put it: “Just kicking the can about a century down the road.” Listen here (at 3:45).

May 22 online event with Bookworm of Omaha

I’ll be in conversation with Anna Monardo, a fiction writer and professor of creative writing at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.


May 22 at 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern, online and free.


 https://www.bookwormomaha.com/event/tyler-j-kelley

https://www.facebook.com/events/493924965386113/

Anna Monardo is a Writer’s Workshop professor at UNO and the author of two books. Her first novel, The Courtyard of Dreams, was translated into German, Norwegian and Danish, and was nominated for a PEN/Hemingway Award and recommended for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Monardo’s stories, essays and poems have been anthologized, featured on National Public Radio, and published or are forthcoming in The Sun, More, Salon.com, Huffington Post, Poets & Writers, Indiana Review, Redbook and other magazines and journals.
 

Interview with Mississippi Public Broadcasting

I spoke with Mississippi Edition host Karen Brown about how, when a big river like the Mississippi floods, the water has to go somewhere. Whether it’s oysters and dolphins v. the City of New Orleans, or Cario, Illinois v. Pinhook, Missouri–there are winners and losers. Listen here (starting at 18:40).

Review in The Waterways Journal

Every office of every towboat company I ever visited had a stack of Waterways Journals, which is why I subscribed to it for several years while I was writing Holding Back the River. I’m thrilled to now appear in its pages via this thoughtful review by David Murray.

Besides being well-written and offering a basinwide understanding of water-management issues affecting the Mississippi River, Kelley’s book is especially timely as Congress debates another huge infrastructure bill, a debate that could last all summer.

Holding Back the River is out today!

I’d like to invite you to attend one of these online events to celebrate the release of my debut book, Holding Back the River

Magers and Quinn Bookstore, 4/21, 7pm Central 

Archived here on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYha9DGpTd0


Oblong Books and Music, 4/22, 7pm Eastern

Archived here on YouTube – https://youtu.be/z5NMCY_5Roc

Hopefully you can buy the book at your local bookstore. It’s also available on Amazon and directly from the publisher.