Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly - Editor Tick

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Fastidious editor. Husband. Father. Golfer. Sports nut. Cat fancier. Harvard grad. Most interested in Fact, but comfortable with Fiction.

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Overview

I am an editor with 35 years of experience — as Editor of Twin Cities and Minnesota Monthly magazines, and for 27 years as an editor and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper. I have edited numerous books (biographies, essays, histories, poetry, novels) for my colleagues and writer friends, who would be happy to recommend me. I collect — and treasure — their heartfelt Acknowledgments, which have appeared in volumes from, among others, Crown Publishing, the University of Minnesota Press, Headline Books, and Poisoned Pen Press.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Nature
Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Humor & Comedy

Work experience

Editor/columnist

St. Paul Pioneer Press
January, 1989 – October, 2016 (over 27 years)

When I was a general-interest features editor at the newspaper, I created and edited an every-day-of-the-year column called Bulletin Board — in which readers offered stories and commentary on everything under the sun (except politics). It became a much-loved daily conversation that continues to this day, on my blog (BBonward.com) and in the Sunday Pioneer Press.

I also edited four books of Bulletin Board stories, all published by Andrews & McMeel: “The Best of Bulletin Board: Of Simple Pleasures, Cute Kids, Dumb Customers, Kind Strangers, and Other Scenes From the Human Comedy”; “The Simple Pleasures: A Bulletin Board Collection”; “WARNING! Cute Kid Stories Ahead!”; and “Life As We Know It: Extraordinary Stories From Ordinary People (The Best of Bulletin Board Vol. 2).”

Editor

Minnesota Monthly magazine
October, 1986 – January, 1989 (over 2 years)

Editor-in-chief of a general-interest regional magazine with a literary bent (published by Minnesota Public Radio).

Editor

Twin Cities magazine
April, 1983 – January, 1986 (almost 3 years)

Co-editor and then Editor of a controlled-circulation general-interest magazine sent to high-income Twin Citians.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring

William Souder

Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her seminal book, Silent Spring, here is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the environmental movementShe loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries, including the international bestseller The Sea Around Us. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with... read more

Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her seminal book, Silent Spring, here is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the environmental movementShe loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries, including the international bestseller The Sea Around Us. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with... read more

Songs of Crocus Hill

Michael E. Murphy

Most of us wish that our parents and grandparents had left more about themselves and what moved them for us to read and talk about today.In Songs of Crocus Hill, author Michael E. Murphy presents a poetry collection that focuses on memory poemscandle-lit vignettes related to the memoir genre. The people, places, and experiences he imagines are drawn from his years growing up in the Crocus Hill... read more

Most of us wish that our parents and grandparents had left more about themselves and what moved them for us to read and talk about today.In Songs of Crocus Hill, author Michael E. Murphy presents a poetry collection that focuses on memory poemscandle-lit vignettes related to the memoir genre. The people, places, and experiences he imagines are drawn from his years growing up in the Crocus Hill... read more

The Necessity of Empty Places

Paul Gruchow

An evocative personal narrative that takes us to some of America's least traveled corners in Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.

An evocative personal narrative that takes us to some of America's least traveled corners in Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.

From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota

Rick Shefchik

From retreats for the middle class to playgrounds for the rich, golf clubs have been sources of recreation, fellowship, and business for Minnesotans for more than a century. Minnesota’s courses have hosted some of the sport's most dramatic tournaments and legendary players—including Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods—and its clubs have been deeply involved in the develo... read more

From retreats for the middle class to playgrounds for the rich, golf clubs have been sources of recreation, fellowship, and business for Minnesotans for more than a century. Minnesota’s courses have hosted some of the sport's most dramatic tournaments and legendary players—including Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods—and its clubs have been deeply involved in the develo... read more

Amen Corner: A Sam Skarda Mystery

Rick Shefchik

The body of the Masters rules committee chairman is found floating in the pond in front of the 12th green on the morning that Sam Skarda arrives at Augusta National Golf Club to play in his first Masters. Skarda, a 37-year-old police detective on medical leave from the Minneapolis police department, is an accomplished amateur golfer who won the U.S. Publinx and an invitation to play in the Mas... read more

The body of the Masters rules committee chairman is found floating in the pond in front of the 12th green on the morning that Sam Skarda arrives at Augusta National Golf Club to play in his first Masters. Skarda, a 37-year-old police detective on medical leave from the Minneapolis police department, is an accomplished amateur golfer who won the U.S. Publinx and an invitation to play in the Mas... read more

Green Monster: A Sam Skarda Mystery #2 (Sam Skarda Mysteries)

Rick Shefchik

After winning a second World Championship in four years, the Boston Red Sox have finally buried the Curse of the Bambino—maybe. Sox owner Louis Kenwood is shattered to receive an extortion demand—signed by “Babe Ruth”—claiming the 2004 World Series was fixed. If it all goes public, the franchise will suffer irreparable damage and Kenwood will lose his legacy as “Lucky Louie.” Fifty million dol... read more

After winning a second World Championship in four years, the Boston Red Sox have finally buried the Curse of the Bambino—maybe. Sox owner Louis Kenwood is shattered to receive an extortion demand—signed by “Babe Ruth”—claiming the 2004 World Series was fixed. If it all goes public, the franchise will suffer irreparable damage and Kenwood will lose his legacy as “Lucky Louie.” Fifty million dol... read more

Shooter

Eric Kinkopf

Up against a ruthless and corrupt police chief, police officer Stan Kochinski discovers a conspiracy that extends beyond the chief and throughout Detroit's entire government. 12,500 first printing.

Up against a ruthless and corrupt police chief, police officer Stan Kochinski discovers a conspiracy that extends beyond the chief and throughout Detroit's entire government. 12,500 first printing.

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